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…

By George H. Friedman* [The author thanks the Securities Arbitration Commentator for letting him borrow liberally from its Securities Arbitration Alert] Much has been written in recent years about the likely demise of mandatory predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAAs”) in the consumer financial context. I should know, I’m one of the authors. But recent events have…

By George H. Friedman* [The author thanks the Securities Arbitration Commentator for letting him borrow liberally from its coverage of the cases below in its weekly Securities Arbitration Alert] Mediation in my eyes has sometimes been treated like the Rodney Dangerfield of the alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) field, not getting the full measure of respect…

Written by *George H. Friedman FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) Director of Arbitration Richard Berry in a March 7 interview with Bloomberg BNA laid out the Office’s key objectives for 2016.  FINRA operates the world’s largest dispute resolution forum for securities disputes, administering almost all such cases – 99%. Because dispute resolution changes at the…

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] As we entered the new year, I blogged on Consumer Arbitration: Five Things to look for in 2016. Among my fearless predictions was “The Arbitration Fairness…

By George H. Friedman* [This was originally published in the NY State Bar Association’s Resolution Roundtable blog] There’s a wonderful book, The Presidents Club, covering the unique and sometimes surprising relationships among the fraternity (sorry, Carly and Hillary, no sorority yet) of current and former presidents. For example, who knew that Bill Clinton and the…

By George H. Friedman* I’ve blogged before that, when I entered the dispute resolution field back in 1976, I was compelled as part of my orientation to watch a film about arbitration (yes, film; there was no consumer video back then, let alone DVDs or on-demand video). It closed with a rather stern-looking gray-haired man…

By George H. Friedman* As I sit here in northern New Jersey trying to type with my still-defrosting fingers in the aftermath of the Great Blizzard of 2016 (that’s me after digging for 20 minutes to clear 15 feet of my deck), my thoughts naturally turned to arbitration (and yes, hot soup). This in turn…

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,…

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