New Taxpayer First Act Apparently Bars Mandatory Arbitration of ALL (Not just IRS) Employee Whistleblower Disputes
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The new Taxpayer First Act signed into law on July 1st apparently bars any employer from requiring arbitration of tax-related whistleblower disputes. The new law also establishes an independent office for resolving taxpayer disputes.

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Certiorari Granted in Eleventh Circuit Case Holding that Non-Signatory Party Cannot Compel Arbitration Under the NY Convention
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On the Term’s last day, SCOTUS on June 28 granted Certiorari in an arbitration-centric case. As we reported in SAA 2019-15 (Apr.

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Explained Award Features Settlement and Hearing, Dismissal of Claims and Expungement Dissent
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For this case to unravel the way it did required that the Claimants pursue both the brokers and the firm as Respondents. That’s not terribly common in FINRA arbitration,

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ET TU, MASSACHUSETTS?  SECRETARY GALVIN ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO CRAFT FIDUCIARY RULE
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ET TU, MASSACHUSETTS?  SECRETARY GALVIN ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO CRAFT FIDUCIARY RULE. Following the leads of Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada, and New Jersey, Massachusetts announced its intention to move ahead with its own fiduciary rule.

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More on SCOTUS’ 5-4 Holding in Home Depot that Third-Party Counterclaim Defendants Can’t Remove a Class Action
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As promised, here’s a more detailed analysis of the Supreme Court’s Home Depot decision that the term “defendant,” as used in the general removal statute and in the class action removal statute,

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***Breaking: SEC Approves Reg Best Interest and Related Proposals
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The SEC voted 3-1 to approve Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and three related proposed regulations at an open meeting held June 5.

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