By George H. Friedman* Earlier this month, I authored a blog post, My 2015 Arbitration Predictions: Batting .700 is Pretty Good!, where I returned to my arbitration predictions for 2015 and honestly appraised how well I did (as Larry David says, “pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good,” it turns out). Now it’s time for my prognostications…

By George H. Friedman* Toward the end of last year, I authored a blog post here, The Elections are over: what it means for Consumer Arbitration – Five things to look for in 2015. As I’ve said before, one of the nice things about predicting future events is that, while people can disagree with you,…

Tips on how to approach mediation, and how to explain the process to a client. “An old adage says that a successful mediation leaves neither party completely happy. Sticking to your guns is best for arbitration or litigation, not mediation” Expert Advice – Mediation Tips Success in mediation does not depend on technical tricks, but…

Arbitration is at the Root of all Evil, According to the New York Times  By George H. Friedman*  An ongoing multi-part series in the New York Times on its “investigation” of and “exposé” on arbitration seemingly blames arbitration for pretty much everything bad going on in the world.  As an arbitrator, arbitration expert, law professor,…

By George H. Friedman* (Originally posted here) For most of my fourteen years as FINRA’s Director of Arbitration, I perceived myself to be tilting at windmills trying to make the case that FINRA’s arbitration program was the fairest consumer arbitration program is existence. I won’t bore readers by repeating here the many facts backing up…

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