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Award Mini-Survey: Turnaround Time by Hearing Location
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While we are waiting for the February 2017 FINRA-ODR statistics to be posted on the Authority’s Website, we turn again to the Hearing Location table chart.

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We Called It! Arbitration Came Up at Judge Gorsuch’s Senate Confirmation Hearings
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As we predicted in SAA 2017-11, mandatory arbitration was a focus of inquiry at Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings that took place starting March 20th.

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Court Kicks CBOE Award Back to Arbitrators for Clarification: Urquhart v. Kurlan
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By James L. Komie

*Where an arbitration panel awards damages but fails to specify which of two respondents is responsible for paying the damages or how the award is to be divided among co-claimants,

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Spotlight on Arbitrator Selection: FINRA-ODR “Tells All” About the NLSS Mechanics of Randomness
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FINRA has posted a detailed account on the forum’s Website explaining how it goes about selecting arbitrators for inclusion on the ranking lists that are distributed to parties at the close of pleadings.

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Two Investment Bankers Are No Strangers to Interference: Johnson v. Mazza
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By Paul J. Dubow

*A claim for interference with contract can only be alleged against a third party who is a stranger to the contract.

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They’re Baaack! Democrats Reintroduce a Flurry of Anti-Mandatory Arbitration Bills
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Undaunted by the rather poor prospects of enactment, Congressional Democrats announced March 7 the reintroduction of six bills aimed at curtailing mandatory arbitration in consumer or employment contracts.

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