FINRA Issues Reg Notice on “Do’s and Don’ts” of PDAA Use in Customer Agreements
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

FINRA has issued a Regulatory Notice reminding industry parties on the proper use of predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAA”) in customer account agreements.

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GAO Report Says Arbitration Has Impacted Servicemember Rights, But to what Extent is Unclear
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has released a Report concluding that the presence of predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAA”) has definitely impacted servicemembers in consumer and employment matters,

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A Look At AAA’s Special Pro Se Case Administration Unit
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA” or “Association”) in 2015 created a special unit of dedicated case administrators to process pro se cases.

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Citing SCOTUS Precedent, Vermont Supreme Court Holds FAA Applies and Preempts State Law
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

In a case of first impression, the Vermont Supreme Court in a unanimous 5-0 holding – with two “reluctant” occurrences – finds that: 1) the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) is to be construed broadly as to interstate commerce;

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CFPB Consumer Financial Taskforce Issues Report: Hardly a Word About Arbitration
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

A CFPB taskforce on consumer financial law issued a massive report in early January,

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Whatever Happened to Monster Energy on Remand to JAMS?
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A party is challenging JAMS’ neutrality as administrator because the provider filed an Amicus Brief at the Supreme Court supporting the position taken by its adversary in the same arbitration.

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