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Updates on current and former FINRA Dispute Resolution executives

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post here – and now have a few (almost outdated) updates about FINRA Dispute Resolution leaders – both past and present.  In September, Linda Fienberg, long-time leader at FINRA Dispute Resolution announced that she would retire as of November 30.  FINRA CEO Rick Ketchum tapped Rick … Continue reading Updates on current and former FINRA Dispute Resolution executives

Symposium at Cardozo Asking (and perhaps Answering) “Is Mediation a Sleeping Beauty?

Cardozo Law School and its Journal of Conflict Resolution are sponsoring the Jed D. Melnick Annual Symposium, “Is Mediation a Sleeping Beauty?”, on Monday, November 3, 2014 starting at 8:30 a.m.  The impressive line-up of speakers includes many friends of Indisputably, and topics for sessions include the age-old questions: “Is She Sleeping?”, “Is She Beautiful?”, … Continue reading Symposium at Cardozo Asking (and perhaps Answering) “Is Mediation a Sleeping Beauty?

PIABA Releases Study Criticizing Lack of Diversity of FINRA Arbitrator Pool

At a press conference today and accompanying this press release, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association announced it had conducted a study of FINRA’s arbitrator roster.  It concluded that the roster lacks diversity (in particular, it is 80% male), and almost half of the pool is 70 years old or older. The study also concluded … Continue reading PIABA Releases Study Criticizing Lack of Diversity of FINRA Arbitrator Pool

Linda Fienberg To Retire from FINRA Dispute Resolution

Linda Fienberg, the long-time President of FINRA Dispute Resolution and FINRA’s Chief Hearing Officer, announced her retirement last month.  (This post is long overdue, I know.)  She joined FINRA in 1996 and, since then, has worked hard to reform the arbitration process to further FINRA’s investor protection mission.  While some of her decisions arguably were … Continue reading Linda Fienberg To Retire from FINRA Dispute Resolution

Second Circuit Holds Forum Selection Clause Trumps FINRA Arbitration Requirement

Today, the Second Circuit followed an April 2014 decision by the Ninth Circuit in Goldman Sachs & Co. v. Reno (described here) — and rejected an opposite holding by the Fourth Circuit — and held that a forum selection clause in a contract supersedes a broker-dealer’s obligation to arbitrate disputes with a customer under FINRA … Continue reading Second Circuit Holds Forum Selection Clause Trumps FINRA Arbitration Requirement

Hat Trick: NHL Adds Arbitration Clause, Class Action Waiver and One-Year Limitations Period to its Consumer Services Agreement

Little did I know that I was on NHL.com’s email list.  I guess having a son wild about all things hockey must have had something to do with it.  So you can imagine my surprise on Saturday morning when I woke up to an email from NHL.com informing me of the new arbitration clause it … Continue reading Hat Trick: NHL Adds Arbitration Clause, Class Action Waiver and One-Year Limitations Period to its Consumer Services Agreement

FINRA Proposes Bungling “Public” and “Non-Public” Arbitrator Definitions

Over the years, to respond to criticism that its arbitrators are biased in favor of the securities industry, FINRA has implemented a series of reforms to its arbitration rules.  It tweaked the definition of “public” and “non-public” arbitrators (the two classifications FINRA uses) to decrease the chance that a “public” arbitrator would have any affiliation … Continue reading FINRA Proposes Bungling “Public” and “Non-Public” Arbitrator Definitions