A Final Assessment of My 2018 Consumer and Employment Arbitration Predictions – Part II
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By George H. Friedman*

SAC Contributing Legal Editor and Board of Editors Member

Toward the end of last year, I authored a blog post,

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FINRA Board Approves Two Arbitration Rulemaking Items
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FINRA’s Board of Governors met December 12-13 and approved two major arbitration-related proposals on non-attorney representatives and expungement guidance.

We reported in SAA 2018-47 (Dec.

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Just in Time for Halloween, DOL Fiduciary Rule May Return from the Dead
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Just when we thought the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Fiduciary Standard Rule was officially dead, comes word that the Department may be taking another run at a Rule.

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Lots of Comments Along Party Lines on FINRA Reg Notice 18-22 on Discovery Guide Change on Insurance
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The comment period closed September 24th on Regulatory Notice 18-22, FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to Its Discovery Guide to Require Production of Insurance Information in Arbitration,

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FINRA Issues Reg Notice Seeking Comments on Discovery Guide Change on Insurance
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FINRA has issued a Regulatory Notice seeking comments on proposed Discovery Guide changes requiring production of insurance information.

We reported in SAA 2018-19 (May 16) that FINRA’s Board of Governors approved at its May 9-10 meeting a proposal to amend the arbitration Discovery Guide.

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SEC Discusses “Regulation Best Interest” for BDs and Standards of Conduct for RIAs at Open Meeting: “Reg Status Quo”?
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As we previewed in SAA 2018-14, the five sitting Commissioners of the Securities Exchange Commission held an open meeting April 18 at 3:30 PM on several issues that have begged for consideration for years.

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