COVID-19’s Continued Impact on ADR Providers: The Key Institutions Update Us on Plans for the Future
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic hit all Americans in many ways, and the legal and alternative dispute resolution systems were no exceptions.

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Zoom Zooming Into Mediations in COVID-Times
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By James Yellen*

The FINRA dispute resolution market largely dried up as COVID-19 hit major cities starting in March 2020. While employment and broker-dealer disputes in 2020 were way up (plus 31%) and constituted almost half (47%) of all new arbitration filings,

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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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Practical Tips and Techniques to Succeed in Virtual Mediation: Zooming Ahead!  
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                                                     By Ellen Slipp*

Author’s note: This article was originally written for the Practising Law Institute (“PLI”) seminar “Securities Arbitration 2020” which was held on September 10,

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An Interview with Our Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
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The Securities Arbitration Alert’s publisher and Editor-in-Chief George Friedman sat down recently for a brief 20-15 minute virtual interview with Professor Amy Schmitz of the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution.

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Two New FINRA Awards Reflecting Virtual Hearings, and a Change to the Award Template Reinforcing that ODR Is Now “FINRA Dispute Resolution Services”
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Two new Awards have been posted in FINRA’s Arbitration Awards Online that show hearings conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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