***This Just In: SCOTUS Decides Badgerow
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

 Just as we went to press came word that, based on statutory construction, the Supreme Court has decided Badgerow v.

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That Didn’t Take Long: Lawmakers Demand Answers from FINRA on “Rigged Panels” Accusation and FINRA to Conduct Independent Review
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

On the heels of the decision by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Belinda E.

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Analysis: Georgia Court Vacates FINRA Award on Several Bases
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Just as we were finalizing the last Alert, we learned that a Georgia Trial Court had vacated a FINRA Award based on multiple Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) grounds.

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Washington State Court Vacates $4.6 Million FINRA Award Because One Arbitrator’s Inadequate Disclosure Tainted Panel
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Arbitrators have an affirmative duty to reveal potential conflicts of interest, especially when such a disclosure is expressly required by the forum in which they serve,

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Thought the Stanford Ponzi Scheme Cases were Done?  Read on…  
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The Stanford Ponzi scheme was discovered in early 2009. Arbitration cases arising out of it are still with us,

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Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds An Arbitrator’s Use of the Merger Doctrine Over a Statutory Challenge
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by Hayes Favinger*

The Supreme Court of Kentucky upholds unanimously an Arbitrator’s award despite a challenge on the grounds that KRS 324.360 overruled the merger doctrine** as applied.

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