Are We Seeing the Start of a Tectonic Shift on Mandatory PDAAs in the Financial Services Field?
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

This is less a letter from the editor and more your editor’s musings, but I wonder whether we are seeing the start of a tectonic shift on mandatory predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAA”) in the financial services field?

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AAA Stats, 1st Qtr. 2021: Consumer & Employment Case Information Updates
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AAA Award Data is updated quarterly by the American Arbitration Association. This analysis of the latest update is provided by Rick Ryder, President of Securities Arbitration Commentator,

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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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Bipartisan House Bill Introduced to Amend FAA to Ban PDAA Enforcement for Physical Sexual Assault Claims
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the House to amend the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) to restrict predispute arbitration agreement (“PDAA”) enforcement for disputes involving physical sexual assault claims.

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NJ Supreme Court Upholds “Acknowledged” Employment Arbitration Agreement
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By Cameron Michelsen

A somewhat divided New Jersey Supreme Court holds that an arbitration agreement announced and “acknowledged” by email to employees was valid and enforceable.

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Anatomy of an Explained JAMS Award: To Defend Or Not To Defend
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By Harry A. Jacobowitz, Esq.

While most explained Awards focus on factual issues, Alderson v. deVere USA, Inc., JAMS ID #1425027170 (New York,

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