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FINRA DRS STATS AT THE HALF-WAY MARK: A TALE OF TWO CASELOADS
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FINRA Dispute Resolution Services (“FINRA-DRS” or “DRS”) posted cumulative caseload statistics through June. While there’s still no surge in Customer cases, Industry filings are way up.

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Two New FINRA Awards Reflecting Virtual Hearings, and a Change to the Award Template Reinforcing that ODR Is Now “FINRA Dispute Resolution Services”
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Two new Awards have been posted in FINRA’s Arbitration Awards Online that show hearings conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Letter from the Editor: Change the Code to Support Virtual Hearings
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We always welcome letters to the editor commenting on current items of interest in the Alert. Here’s one from the editor, suggesting that the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure be amended to specifically authorize arbitrators to direct that hearings be held virtually.

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Today’s Challenges Require a Serious Look at Telephonic Mediation: Here’s How and Why to Do It
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by Roger M. Deitz*

The health crisis has seeded a financial crisis in many respects far worse than anything anyone alive today has ever experienced.

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Coronavirus Update (March 15)
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This new, temporary, section covers Coronavirus-related legislative, regulatory, legal, and scheduling developments impacting the financial and arbitration fields. We will discontinue this temporary feature when the pandemic passes – hopefully soon.

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That Didn’t Take Very Long! First “Corona Crash” Arbitrations Seem To Already Be on the Way. And a Major Industry Event Is Cancelled
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

The first Coronavirus-related arbitrations may be on the way, caused by a trading platform’s alleged crash as the market was bouncing back in a record way.

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