... does not offend public policy. We reject, however, defendants' alternative theory that
this dispute falls within the contract's narrow alternative dispute resolution clause
so as to require dismissal of this action in favor of arbitration. ...
... As we said in Hallock v State of New York (64 NY2d 224, 230 ), "strict enforcement [of
settlement agreements] not only serves the interest of efficient dispute resolution but is also
essential to the management of court calendars and integrity of the litigation process ...
... Harleysville disputed Bi-Economy's claim for actual damages, and advanced only the sum of
$163,161.92. More than a year later, following submission of their dispute to alternative dispute
resolution, Bi-Economy was awarded the additional sum of $244,019.88. ...
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