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Explained Arbitration Awards and Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Is the Third Try Just Right?
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By George H. Friedman*

We all know the classic children’s story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, where the last of three approaches turns out to be “just right.” The story line in my view carries over to FINRA’s efforts to address explained arbitration awards.

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Fourth SAC Podcast Tackles “The FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force Has Issued Its Final Report. Now What?”
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The key recommendations of FINRA’s Dispute Resolution Task Force (“Task Force”), and where things may be headed in reaction to those proposals, were the core topics discussed recently by an experienced panel of securities arbitration experts in the fourth SAC Podcast.

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FINRA Board Approves Rulemaking on Three Arbitration Items
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FINRA’s Board of Governors met the first week in May and, among other things, approved three arbitration-related rule changes.

We reported in SAA 2016-17 that the Board at its May meeting would consider rulemaking on three items of interest to arbitration practitioners.

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First Actions by NAMC on DRTF Report Emerge: FINRA Takes Aim at “Phantom Retention”
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The work of the Dispute Resolution Task Force (DRTF) was completed in December 2015 with the publication of a detailed final Report and the reference of some 51 recommendations for action to FINRA’s National Arbitration &

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FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force Issues Final Report: Some Major Changes Recommended, but No Consensus on Mandatory PDAA Use
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The FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force issued its Final Report on December 16th, with significant recommendations on explained decisions, a raise for Arbitrators,

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Giving Credit where Credit is Due: FINRA Improves Dispute Resolution Transparency
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By George H. Friedman*

Almost a year ago I blogged here Sunlight is said to be the Best of Disinfectants,

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