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SEC Approves FINRA’s Minimum Expungement Fees Rule Filing
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

No sooner had we reported in SAA 2020-19 (May 20) that FINRA Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) had responded to comments on its proposed new fee regime specifically for expungement requests,

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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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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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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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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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Explained Award: Broker Wins $3 Million Award on Breach of Contract Charges against Former Employer
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We like this Award for a number of reasons, one of which is an Arbitrator dissent that draws a rebuttal from the majority. That dissent was filed by a Public Arbitrator,

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