Based on a Very Limited Sampling, the Jury is Out on Judge Coney Barrett’s Arbitration Views, Although She Seems to Lean Pro-arbitration. And She Appears to Like FINRA Dispute Resolution
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

As expected, President Trump on September 26 nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit to fill the open seat at the Supreme Court resulting from the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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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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NY Trial Court: “Manifest Disregard” Is Very Hard To Prove Without an Explained Award
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While “manifest disregard” may still be a viable basis for challenging an Award in New York State, that burden is very difficult to prove absent an explained Award,

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FINRA Did Not Abuse Discretion in Failing to Extend List Due Date. No Implied Offset in Arbitrators’ Award
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FINRA staff acted within authority granted by the Code of Arbitration Procedure when they declined to extend the date for returning arbitrator rankings. And,

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The James Frank Story Revisited: Ninth Circuit Vacates Tainted Award As Fundamentally Unfair
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We covered this story on the arbitration side when it first broke in early 2014 (SAA 2014-12); this coming week, we will cover the legal side in full in SAC’s weekly online Litigation Alert (aka SOLA),

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Back to Fed Jur 101: Courts Remind us that Federal Arbitration Act does not Confer Independent Basis for Federal Jurisdiction
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By George H. Friedman*

[The author thanks the Securities Arbitration Commentator for letting him borrow liberally from its Securities Arbitration Alert]

Arbitration law practitioners sometimes forget that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) does not by itself establish independent federal subject matter jurisdiction.

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