Unanimous Kentucky Supreme Court: Variable Annuity is Not an Insurance Product, but A Fixed Annuity is. PDAA in the Latter is Therefore Unenforceable
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief 

While the arbitration agreement in a variable annuity was enforceable because the investment was a security,

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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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Securities Arbitration and the Courts: 2019 Year in Review
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By Richard P. Ryder*

Arbitration is, of course, an alternative to going to court, and for the most part it is just that —

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Massachusetts Adopts Fiduciary Regulation
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By Christine Lazaro, Professor of Law & Clinic Director
St. Johns Law School

This analysis was prepared by SAA Advisory Board Member Prof.

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More Details on Two New California Laws Impacting Arbitration
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

As reported in SAA 2019-39 (Oct. 16), California Governor Gavin Newsom within days of each other signed into law two new statutes that will impact arbitration.

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Well, We Are Persistent. Comment Period Ended Mid-July on NJ Fiduciary Proposal. Comments Are Not Posted Online but We’ve Pieced Together an Analysis
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

The comment period closed July 18 on New Jersey’s proposed fiduciary rule, with somewhat predictable comments.

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