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Massachusetts Adopts Fiduciary Regulation
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By Christine Lazaro, Professor of Law & Clinic Director
St. Johns Law School

This analysis was prepared by SAA Advisory Board Member Prof.

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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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NASAA’s “E&O Insurance Survey” Makes Case for E&O Insurance as a Treatment for Unpaid Awards 
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Calling it a “key focus for the North American Securities Administrators Association,” NASAA’s Broker-Dealer Section reports, in a 10-page Study released on December 11,

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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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PIABA: BrokerCheck and the Expungement Process Are Broken. Moratorium Needed Now
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

On the eve of its annual meeting October 22 – 25, the Public Investors Advocate Bar Association released a study commissioned by the PIABA Foundation,

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That Didn’t Take Very Long! Just as Reg BI Goes into Effect, Seven States and DC Sue To Block It
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Just as the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest was about to go into effect September 10, several states and the District of Columbia sued to stop it.

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