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Speaking of the Appeals Panel, if you ever happen upon a written AP decision, it might behoove you to march right down to the local convenience store and buy yourself a lottery ticket.  An open records request regarding Appeals Panel decision outcomes in 2018 reveals that the overwhelming majority of CCH decisions become final by operation of law.  This will not come as a surprise to most, but some might find the actual percentage astounding.  In 2018, a total of 2,766 Requests for Review were submitted to the Appeals Panel.  Of those, the Appeals Panel reviewed and affirmed 18, reversed and rendered 6, remanded 31, and partially remanded 36.  (Thirty decisions were a mixture-- some issues being affirmed, some reversed and rendered.)  Of the 2,766 total Requests for Review of CCH decisions submitted, a staggering 2,744, or 99.2%, became final by operation of law. 

What does this mean?  The odds the Appeals Panel will write a decision in a case are 4.2%.  The odds the Appeals Panel will reverse and render or remand in a case are 3.5%.  

These odds not quite as bad as the lottery, but even if one happens upon an actual written decision from the Appeals Panel, the outcome might not be as favorable.  A lottery ticket at least provides one the momentary dream of owning his/her own private island.

-  Copyright 2019, Erin ShanleyStone Loughlin & Swanson, LLP.