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Commonwealth Coatings Lives On! SCOTUS Denies Certiorari in Monster Energy
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

 We usually report Certiorari denials in the “Short Brief” section, but this one sought to overturn a precedent set over half a century ago;

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District Court Follows “Reasonableness” Standard for Arbitrator Disclosure. Confirms Award of $3 Million in Sanctions for Discovery Abuse … and a Coronavirus Update
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

The Southern District of Florida confirms an Award containing $3 million for discovery abuse, finding that two Arbitrators’ non-disclosure would not cause a reasonable person to doubt their impartiality.

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The Neutral Corner 2-2019:  FINRA-ODR Updates Arbitrators and Mediators on the Authority’s Latest Activities
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The Neutral Corner, the FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution’s newsletter for neutrals serving its dispute resolution forum, issues now on a quarterly basis;

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“Commercial Arbitration 2019” – New York State Bar Association Sponsors a Full-Day Seminar for the Neutrals
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Held at Fordham Law School’s Skadden Auditorium on Monday, March 25, this program, the full name of which was “Commercial Arbitration 2019: What Parties and Counsel Have a Right to Expect and Arbitration Should be Delivering: Arbitration at its Best,” differed in a number of ways from the programs we generally cover.

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Latest Neutral Corner from FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution Hits the Electronic Newsstand. Lead Article Describes Tips for Effective Mediation
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FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) has once again posted the latest issue of its newsletter for arbitrators and mediators, The Neutral Corner (“TNC”),

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FINRA’s Hearing Location Statistics, 9/18: Focusing on Local Chairs and Chair-to-Case Ratios
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Tap a link that says “table format” above the U.S. map of FINRA hearing locations in the FINRA-DR monthly statistical report and you can see just how many arbitrators FINRA can deploy in each of its hearing locations,

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