A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Quiet Year in ADR: How a Pandemic Accelerated Profound, Lasting Changes
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By George H. Friedman SAA Publisher and Editor-in-Chief*

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender,

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FINRA DRS Postpones In-Person Hearings through Beginning of April
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FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) has again administratively postponed all in-person arbitration and mediation hearings.

The January 5 announcement now includes hearings through April 2;

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SCOTUS Asked to Weigh in on Whether 28 USC Section 1782 Provides for Discovery in Aid of Private, Foreign, Commercial Arbitration
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

As we’ve been speculating for quite some time, the Supreme Court is being asked to resolve a major split on whether 28 USC Section 1782 provides for discovery in aid of private,

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Contracts of Adhesion and Securities Arbitration: How FINRA Attempts to Mitigate Harm to Investors
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By Christian Mercado*

Introduction

The securities industry is an example of one attempting to mitigate equity concerns surrounding arbitration agreements contained in contracts of adhesion.

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No Surprise Here: Arbitration Comes Up At Coney Barrett Confirmation Hearings
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

As we expected, arbitration came up at Judge Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings. Also as expected,

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And the Split Goes On … Another Circuit Weighs in on Whether 28 USC Section 1782 Provides for Discovery in Aid of Private, Foreign, Commercial Arbitration. Seventh Circuit Panel (Not Judge Barrett) Says “No.” So Does D. Del. for A Second Time
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Joining the Second and Fifth Circuits, the Seventh Circuit holds that 28 USC Section 1782 does not provide for discovery in aid of private,

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