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. The California statute allowing a consumer to evade an arbitration agreement if a business does not pay its share of arbitration fees does not require an affirmative finding from an arbitrator…

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. FINRA Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) has updated its neutral roster diversity statistics, showing impressive gains in most areas. FINRA DRS launched an annual Neutral Roster Demographic Survey in 2016. Recall that this is an…

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. For the second time in a few months, the Supreme Court has refused to take up a case involving a FINRA arbitration award. We reported in SAA 2022-41 (Nov. 3) and blogged that…

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. FINRA’s Board met in mid-December and among other matters approved changes to the arbitrator listing process. FINRA’s Board of Governors met in person December 14 – 15. As reported in SAA 2022-47 (Dec. 15), the…

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. The President has signed into law a new statute barring enforcement of predispute nondisclosure or nondisparagement clauses in disputes involving sexual assault or harassment. Mr. Biden on December 7 signed the bipartisan Speak Out Act, S. 4524….

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. Reversing a recent trend, the Supreme Court has agreed to review an arbitration-related case this Term. Specifically, the Court’s December 9 Order List grants Certiorari in Coinbase, Inc. v. Bielski, No. 22-105. The issue in this case…

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. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) have filed an Amicus Brief in federal court, asserting among other things that the lender’s use of…

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. Those who thought we were nearing the end of the road for FINRA’s proposed changes to the expungement process need to rethink their assumptions. There’s much going on, including possible SEC…

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. We reported in SAA 2022-42 (Nov. 10) that the Public Investors Advocate Bar Association (“PIABA”) announced in an October 27 Press Release that Hugh D. Berkson of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman was elected President…

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. Oppenheimer has moved to vacate a massive Award rendered against it by a FINRA Panel. We reported in SAA 2022-35 (Sep. 15) that a Majority-Public FINRA Panel had hit Oppenheimer with…

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