Are We Seeing the Start of a Tectonic Shift on Mandatory PDAAs in the Financial Services Field?
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

This is less a letter from the editor and more your editor’s musings, but I wonder whether we are seeing the start of a tectonic shift on mandatory predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAA”) in the financial services field?

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FINRA Goes Back to the Drawing Board on Expungement Rule
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

On the last day for SEC review of FINRA’s latest proposal for improving the expungement process,

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SEC’s Gensler Again Grilled on Mandatory Arbitration
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

For the second time in the past few months, SEC Chair Gensler was asked to articulate his views on mandatory securities arbitration,

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FINRA Issues Reg Notice on “Do’s and Don’ts” of PDAA Use in Customer Agreements
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

FINRA has issued a Regulatory Notice reminding industry parties on the proper use of predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAA”) in customer account agreements.

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FINRA DRS Posts Stats Through March: Customer Claims Come Roaring Back While Industry Claims Plummet  
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

FINRA Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) posted case statistics through March with the overall case filing decline unchanged from February,

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Memories of Margin: An Industry Veteran Reminisces  
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Our lead Squib in SAA 2021-13 (Apr. 15) reported that margin debt in February grew to a record $814 billion – up dramatically from a year ago – and examined what this might portend for securities arbitration.

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