Comments on DOL’s Fiduciary Rule are Split Pretty Much Along Party Lines
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The period for filing comments and requesting a public hearing closed August 6, with just one hundred comments and no extension or hearing despite a request from Congressional Democrats and others.

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FINRA Issues Reg Notice Setting September Effective Date for New Minimum Expungement Fees
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

After SEC approval in late May, FINRA has published Regulatory Notice 20-25 establishing a September 14 effective date for its new fee regime specifically for expungement requests involving customer complaints.

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SEC Approves FINRA’s Minimum Expungement Fees Rule Filing
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

No sooner had we reported in SAA 2020-19 (May 20) that FINRA Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) had responded to comments on its proposed new fee regime specifically for expungement requests,

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Letter from the Editor: Change the Code to Support Virtual Hearings
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We always welcome letters to the editor commenting on current items of interest in the Alert. Here’s one from the editor, suggesting that the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure be amended to specifically authorize arbitrators to direct that hearings be held virtually.

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After Moving at a Snail’s Pace, FINRA’s Proposed Changes to the Membership Program To Encourage Arbitration Award Payment Switch to the Express Lane
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Back in mid-2017, FINRA’s Board authorized staff to publish a Regulatory Notice seeking comments on a proposal to amend the Authority’s Membership Application Program (“MAP”) rules to create further incentives for the timely payment of arbitration awards.

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Very Few Comments on FINRA’s Proposed Inactive Industry Party Arbitration Rule
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

The comment period closed December 13 on FINRA’s proposed rule to expand a customer’s arbitration options when firms or APs become inactive,

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