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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…

By George H. Friedman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arbitration Resolution Services* When I entered the dispute resolution field back in 1976, I was compelled as part of my orientation to watch a film about arbitration (yes, film; there was no consumer video back then, let alone DVDs or on-demand video streaming). It…

By George H. Friedman* Chairman of the Board, Arbitration Resolution Services   We have blogged in the past about enforcing domestic arbitration awards. The key takeaway? Prior to passage of the Federal Arbitration Act(“FAA”)[1]in 1925, enforcing predispute arbitration agreements and arbitration awards was very difficult.[2]The FAA abrogated the existing law and made written promises to arbitrate…

In my last blog post,I began comparing the predictions I made last year regarding consumer and employment arbitration to what has happened so far this year. Below are more of my views on the subject and my predictions are still as Larry David says, “Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.”   Still Expect Dodd-Frank to be Repealed and…

By George H. Friedman* Chairman of the Board, Arbitration Resolution Services   Toward the end of last year, I authored a blog post, Consumer and Employment Arbitration: Six Things to look for in 2018. Below are my views on what was coming in 2018, and how these arbitration predictions are turning out as we hit…

The Supreme Court has agreed to review three arbitration-centric cases next Term, something it has not done since 1960. The cases raise important issues that could impact securities arbitration under FINRA’s rules, and arbitration in general under the AAA’s rules. New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira, No. 17-340: SCOTUS on February 26thgranted Certiorari, which seeks review of…

By George H. Friedman* Chairman of the Board, Arbitration Resolution Services   A couple of years ago I penned a blog post on Independence Day and arbitration, and updated it a year ago. It still rings true. So, without further ado, here’s my annual July 4th blog post, again updated.   Our Founders and Arbitration…

By George H. Friedman* Chairman of the Board, Arbitration Resolution Services   A year ago, I published an update to my 2016 blog post, “The Presidents and Arbitration: from Washington to Obama – and Beyond,” renaming it “The Presidents and Arbitration: from Washington to Trump.” The material about President Trump and arbitration was in large…

By George H. Friedman*   I blogged recently about how well I did on my predictions for 2017 (you can tell from the title, A Final Report Card on My 2017 Arbitration Predictions: “Pretty, Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good!”). As my thoughts turned to 2018, it occurred to me that many of my predictions for the…

By George H. Friedman* Chairman of the Board – Arbitration Resolution Service Toward the end of last year, I authored a blog post, Consumer and Employment Arbitration: Six Things to look for in 2017. I updated my prognostications around Inauguration Day in Trump in Charge – What Does It Mean for Arbitration? Later, I did…