Michigan Revises Attorney Conduct Rules to Regulate PDAAs in Retainer Agreements
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Michigan has adopted a new rule of attorney professional conduct requiring informed client consent to predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAA”) in retainer agreements.

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SEC’s Division of Examinations Releases 2022 Exam Priorities – Dispute Resolution Again Not on the List
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The SEC’s Division of Examinations (“DOE”) has issued its exam priorities for 2022. Once again,

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DOL Delays Fiduciary Rule Enforcement Until End of January
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

In somewhat of a surprise, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has delayed from December 20 until January 31 enforcement of its fiduciary rule.

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SEC Approves FINRA Rulemaking Proposal to Protect Against At-Risk Firms and Unpaid Arbitration Awards
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The SEC has approved an omnibus rule filing strengthening investor protection from at-risk firms and brokers.

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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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