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The recently-introduced Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act has been published and, as we suspected, it’s very similar to the version passed by the House in the last Congress. We reported in SAA 2021-06 (Feb. 18) that, as we had confidently predicted, the Democrats had reintroduced several bills to curb use of mandatory predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAA”)….

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA” or “Association”) in 2015 created a special unit of dedicated case administrators to process pro se cases. We offer here a synopsis. An AAA arbitrator who had been approached recently to serve on a case shared with us news that the Association has a case administration team to work on cases involving pro…

This post first appeared on the Securities Arbitration Alert blog.  The blog’s editor-in-chief is George H. Friedman, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Arbitartion Resolution Services, Inc. AAA Award Data is updated quarterly by the American Arbitration Association. This analysis of the latest update is provided by Rick Ryder, President of SAC, Inc., and…

With many court systems essentially having ground to a halt due to COVID-19, and others very slowly partially reopening, parties in civil litigations are facing long delays getting their dispute resolved in the reasonably near future. And, as the crisis abates a substantial logjam will need to be cleared, starting with criminal matters. Even private…

By George H. Friedman, ARS Chairman of the Board and SAA Editor-in-Chief and Richard P. Ryder, SAC Founder and President This blog post is adapted from one that ran in the Securities Arbitration Commentator blog on March 2, 2020. Republished here with thanks to SAC. The crashing capital markets in the wake of the worldwide Coronavirus…

This is adapted from a post originally published in the author’s blog at the Securities Arbitration Commentator. Reposted with permission of and thanks to SAC! About a  year ago, I authored a blog post, The New Year is Here: What’s in Store for Arbitration and the Financial Services Field. In the wake of the 2018…

Toward the end of last year, I authored a blog post, Consumer and Employment Arbitration: Six Things to look for in 2018. Below were my views on what was coming in 2018, and how these predictions have turned out as we hit the year’s end What are the results? As Larry David says, “Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.”

Toward the end of last year, I authored a blog post, Consumer and Employment Arbitration: Six Things to look for in 2018. Below were my views on what was coming in 2018, and how these predictions have turned out as we hit the year’s end What are the results? As Larry David says, “Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.”

At long last, the midterm elections are behind us [bipartisan cheer]. The Democrats will be taking over House leadership in the next Congress, while the Republicans will expand their majority in the Senate. What might this mean for arbitration and the financial services industry?

By George H. Friedman* Chairman of the Board, Arbitration Resolution Services   The other day I was researching the split in the federal Circuits on whether Federal Arbitration Act(“FAA”) section 7 empowers Arbitrators to compel third-parties to produce documents outside the formal evidentiary arbitration hearing.[1]It occurred to me that, based on a strict, literal reading of…

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