Well, We Are Persistent. Comment Period Ended Mid-July on NJ Fiduciary Proposal. Comments Are Not Posted Online but We’ve Pieced Together an Analysis
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

The comment period closed July 18 on New Jersey’s proposed fiduciary rule, with somewhat predictable comments.

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Back on the Front Burner for NASAA: New Legislative Agenda Has a Heavy Emphasis on Arbitration
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NASAA in early March released its legislative agenda for the new Congress. Arbitration reform is now a key focus.

The 16-page NASAA Legislative Agenda for the 116th Congress has four core principles: 1) Putting Main Street Investors First;

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Kentucky Supreme Court Splits on Kindred Remand from SCOTUS: Clark Dispute Will Be Arbitrated; Wellner Will Not
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The Kentucky Supreme Court accepts SCOTUS’s striking its “clear statement” rule as arbitration-hostile, but a majority insists arbitration denial on alternative grounds was righteous.

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Award Survey: Florida Arbitrators Now Award Attorney Fees – For the Most Part
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Florida only recently authorized arbitrators to assess attorney fees, changing a significantly more cumbersome process for obtaining that item of damages that previously required the intervention of the courts.

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More Details Emerge on the Justice for Victims of Fraud Act of 2016. California Takes a Shot as Well
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More details have emerged on the proposed Justice for Victims of Fraud Act that would bar arbitration of disputes involving fictitious Wells Fargo accounts.

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California Legislature Passes Three Bills Impacting Arbitration. Two Signed, One Vetoed By Governor Brown
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The California Legislature late this summer passed and sent to the Governor three bills aimed at regulating consumer and employment arbitration. On September 25th a busy Governor Brown signed two of the bills into law and vetoed one as not necessary.

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