The Other Shoe Drops: “Investor Choice Act” Finally Reintroduced in House and Senate. Would Amend 1934 Act and Investment Advisers Act of 1940 To Ban Mandatory Predispute Arbitration Agreements in Customer and Shareholder Relationships
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

It took a while, but joining the slew of anti-arbitration bills pending in Congress is the Investor Choice Act,

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The Inactive Industry Party Arbitration Rule Has Been Released for Public Comment by the SEC
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We reported in SAA 2019-42 (Nov. 6) that FINRA had filed proposed rule, SR-FINRA-2019-027, on November 5. The SEC has now released that proposal for public comment in SEC Rel.

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More Details on Two New California Laws Impacting Arbitration
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

As reported in SAA 2019-39 (Oct. 16), California Governor Gavin Newsom within days of each other signed into law two new statutes that will impact arbitration.

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Unanimous California Supreme Court: Employee Covered by an Arbitration Agreement Can’t Use PAGA to Recover Unpaid Wages
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

An employee’s claim for unpaid wages brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act must proceed to arbitration,

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That Didn’t Take Very Long: FAIR Act Approved by the House
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Just days after being cued up for a possible vote, the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act of 2019 was approved by the House of Representatives on September 20 by a mostly party-line vote.

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Senate Version of Justice for Servicemembers Act Introduced – By a Republican
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Until now, the many anti-arbitration bills introduced in the 116th Congress have been sponsored by Democrats.

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