Washington State Court Vacates $4.6 Million FINRA Award Because One Arbitrator’s Inadequate Disclosure Tainted Panel
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Arbitrators have an affirmative duty to reveal potential conflicts of interest, especially when such a disclosure is expressly required by the forum in which they serve,

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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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SEC Approves FINRA Chair Honoraria Increases
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The SEC has approved a FINRA proposal increasing certain Chairperson honoraria.

We reported in SAA 2019-48 (Dec.

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Commonwealth Coatings Lives On! SCOTUS Denies Certiorari in Monster Energy
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

 We usually report Certiorari denials in the “Short Brief” section, but this one sought to overturn a precedent set over half a century ago;

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District Court Follows “Reasonableness” Standard for Arbitrator Disclosure. Confirms Award of $3 Million in Sanctions for Discovery Abuse … and a Coronavirus Update
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

The Southern District of Florida confirms an Award containing $3 million for discovery abuse, finding that two Arbitrators’ non-disclosure would not cause a reasonable person to doubt their impartiality.

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The Neutral Corner 2-2019:  FINRA-ODR Updates Arbitrators and Mediators on the Authority’s Latest Activities
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The Neutral Corner, the FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution’s newsletter for neutrals serving its dispute resolution forum, issues now on a quarterly basis;

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