Consumer and Employment Arbitration – Six Things to Look for in 2017 By George H. Friedman* Over the past several weeks I’ve blogged on the state of arbitration on the eve of the election, what the election results mean for arbitration, and how my predictions for 2016 worked out. Now it’s time for me to…

My 2016 Arbitration Predictions Report Card: Batting .833 is Really Good! By George H. Friedman* Toward the end of last year I authored a blog post, Consumer Arbitration: Five Things to look for in 2016. As I’ve said many times before, one of the nice things about predicting future events is that, while people can…

By George H. Friedman* SAC Contributing Legal Editor and Board of Editors Member [This blog in part incorporates material originally published in the author’s blog at the Securities Arbitration Commentator. Reposted with permission of and thanks to SAC!] Last week I blogged on the state of mandatory or “forced” arbitration as we were about to…

Mandatory Consumer Arbitration on the Eve of the Election   By George H. Friedman* SAC Contributing Legal Editor and Board of Editors Member [This is adapted from a post originally published in the author’s blog at the Securities Arbitration Commentator. Reposted with permission of and thanks to SAC!] Readers of my blogs here and at…

Seems like I May Be Right After All on One of My 2015 Predictions – Just a Little Late   by George H. Friedman* SAC Contributing Legal Editor and Board of Editors Member [This was originally published in the author’s blog at the Securities Arbitration Commentator. It was adapted and updated from several postings originally…

That’s Just So Uber Irritating! By George H. Friedman* Several years ago I attended a speakers’ boot camp. The instructor had a habit of reacting to behavior that bothered him by exclaiming, “That’s just so irritating!” I’ve adopted that expression, which was easy to do since I’m so easily irritated.[1] With that in mind, let…

By George H. Friedman* As we enter this Independence Day weekend, I am inspired to compose a blog post on the often surprising relationships between our nation’s founders and arbitration. OK, the smash Broadway hit Hamilton also played a role. Either way, although America’s founders came from diverse political and socioeconomic backgrounds, some[1] seemed to…

By George H. Friedman* [ARS Chairman of the Board Friedman posted this on his blog at the Securities Arbitration Commentator. Reposted with the permission of and thanks to SAC] We all know the classic children’s story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, where the last of three approaches turns out to be “just right.” The story…

By George H. Friedman* As I expected, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) used a “field hearing” on arbitration on May 5th to release news that it will be moving ahead with rulemaking that will ban class action waivers (“CAWs”) in consumer financial arbitration clauses. This was not a hard call. CFPB’s previously-announced intention that…

By George H. Friedman* [The author thanks the Securities Arbitration Commentator for letting him borrow liberally from its Securities Arbitration Alert] Arbitration law practitioners sometimes forget that the Federal Arbitration Act(“FAA”) does not by itself establish independent federal subject matter jurisdiction. In other words, a party seeking access to the federal courts must establish an…

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