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By George H. Friedman* Introduction The recent release of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Final Report to Congress on mandatory arbitration of consumer financial disputes has focused attention on the prevalent use of mandatory, predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAAs”) in consumer transactions. The Report, released March 10th was quite negative about arbitration, foreshadowing regulations to address…

  [This was originally published in the author’s blog at the Securities Arbitration Commentator] The Securities Arbitration Commentator has reported many times on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau‘s (“CFPB”) study of mandatory predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAAs”) in consumer financial products and services. To review, Dodd-Frank, Section 1414, bans outright PDAAs in residential mortgage contracts, and…

Online courts must not compromise fairness   By Julia Hörnle, Queen Mary University of London Can the serious atmosphere of court, standing in the dock facing a be-wigged judge and barristers, be carried over into the world of video-conferencing? Skype of the Bailey, if you will.   This is what the Civil Justice Council’s recently…

  I am a baseball fan from way back. I’m also an eternal optimist, which explains my being a Mets fan. See? That’s me holding the banner on the right, celebrating the Mets 1969 World Series victory on the field at Shea Stadium.   But I digress. With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training…

Blog Talk Radio to interview Mark Norych on the benefits of online arbitration Coral Springs, Fla.  January 05, 2015 Anyone who has ever dealt with a legal dispute knows how painfully expensive and time consuming it can be. But there is a convenient, cost-effective and expedient method of resolving disputes, and that will be the…

Earlier this week month I blogged on whether Justin Bieber and a photographer, who were embroiled in a law suit in Florida over an alleged assault on the photographer, should submit their dispute to non-binding arbitration [short answer: yes!]. After describing how this form of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) worked, I promised to cover other…

The President’s bombshell announcement that the United States would be moving toward normalizing relations with Cuba has certainly touched off a lively debate. Whether one favors the move, it does raise questions. For most people, thoughts turned to prospects of resumed trade, restored tourism, long-separated relatives reuniting, and of course cigars.1 Not me. I immediately…

TECHNOLOGY, ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, AND THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY: THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED (REALLY THIS TIME) By George H. Friedman*   Abstract Over twenty years ago, the author of this paper evaluated emerging technologies and predicted how they might impact alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”).[1]  Four years later, after the emergence of the internet, he updated his predictions…

Justin Bieber, Sunoco and Arbitration: How are they Possibly Connected?   by George Friedman*   Earlier this week came word that Justin Bieber and a photographer, who are embroiled in a law suit in Florida over an alleged assault on the photographer, are now arguing about whether the judge should direct the parties to submit…

Just Like Thanksgiving and Black Friday: Five Truisms about Arbitration — That Aren’t True  by George Friedman* The other day, I stumbled on a television show that debunked some commonly-held misperceptions about Thanksgiving. Who knew the Pilgrims didn’t wear black and white clothes and sport buckles? This got me to thinking about an article I…

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