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36. For the above reasons, the Tribunal decides as follows:
a. The Respondent's Request for Bifurcation with respect to the "Objection A" issues is denied, with such objection preserved and joined to the merits for further proceedings;
b. The Respondent's Request for Bifurcation with respect to the "Objection B" issue (denial of benefits) is granted, but on the basis of an accelerated timetable which will enable resolution of this discrete issue as expeditiously as reasonably possible;
c. The Parties are invited to confer promptly with respect to the draft (revised) Procedural Schedule for a discrete jurisdictional phase proposed in Annex A, and to report jointly in one week as to (1) which of the various alternative hearing dates they wish to reserve (on the basis of a presumptive 1-3 day hearing on jurisdiction), and (b) any requested adjustments to the draft (revised) Procedural Schedule leading up to the selected hearing dates.
On behalf of the Tribunal,