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FINRA Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) posted case statistics through February with key metrics starting the year still below 2020’s numbers, albeit improved over January. The Headlines In brief the headlines are: 1) overall arbitration filings through February – 484 cases – are down 18%; 2) customer claims are down 6%; 3) industry disputes are down…

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The American Arbitration Association recently amended its rules governing international arbitrations and mediations. Here is a succinct analysis. As reported in SAA 2021-09 (Mar. 11) the AAA’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”) amended its International Dispute Resolution Procedures effective for cases filed on and after March 1, 2021, unless the parties otherwise agree. As…

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The Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a major split on whether 28 USC Section 1782 provides for discovery in aid of private, foreign, commercial arbitration or only covers cases administered by governmental arbitration forums. First, some review from our past coverage. Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782, a party to a matter pending in a “foreign…

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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”)….

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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…

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