An Interview with Our Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
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The Securities Arbitration Alert’s publisher and Editor-in-Chief George Friedman sat down recently for a brief 20-15 minute virtual interview with Professor Amy Schmitz of the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution.

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PLI’s “Securities Arbitration 2020” – A New Medium, But the Same Great Content
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Practising Law Institute’s (“PLI”) annual securities arbitration seminar took place via live Webcast on September 10th. Although the pandemic moved the event to a virtual-only format,

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FINRA DRS Postpones In-Person Hearings Through December 4, but Posts Info on Reopening Plans
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FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) has again administratively postponed all in-person arbitration and mediation hearings but has posted  guidance on its plans to resume in-person hearings.

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FINRA DRS Stats at the Half-Way Mark: A Tale of Two Caseloads
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FINRA Dispute Resolution Services (“FINRA-DRS” or “DRS”) posted cumulative caseload statistics through June. While there’s still no surge in Customer cases, Industry filings are way up.

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Two New FINRA Awards Reflecting Virtual Hearings, and a Change to the Award Template Reinforcing that ODR Is Now “FINRA Dispute Resolution Services”
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Two new Awards have been posted in FINRA’s Arbitration Awards Online that show hearings conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Letter from the Editor: Change the Code to Support Virtual Hearings
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We always welcome letters to the editor commenting on current items of interest in the Alert. Here’s one from the editor, suggesting that the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure be amended to specifically authorize arbitrators to direct that hearings be held virtually.

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