House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee Holds Hearing on “Forced Arbitration.” Proposed Fair Act is Gaining Strength
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The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law held a May 16 hearing titled “Justice Denied: Forced Arbitration and the Erosion of our Legal System.” The Senate Judiciary Committee held a similar hearing in April.

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FINRA Board Meets — Tables Arbitration-Related Rule Proposals
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FINRA’s Board of Governors met on May 6-7 to consider an array of financial, regulatory and enforcement reports and issues. Prior to this regular meeting of the Board,

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CPR and CEDR Release Joint Report on Insights into ADR
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The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”) on April 4 issued a joint Report: “Insights into Alternative Dispute Resolution.”

As described in an accompanying Press Release and Summary,

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An Ideologically Divided SCOTUS Holds 5-4 in Lamps Plus that Class Arbitration Takes Place Only Where the Parties Expressly Provide for It
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In the final arbitration-centric decision of the Term, the Supreme Court on April 24 held 5-4 in Varela v. Lamps Plus, Inc.,

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“Commercial Arbitration 2019” – New York State Bar Association Sponsors a Full-Day Seminar for the Neutrals
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Held at Fordham Law School’s Skadden Auditorium on Monday, March 25, this program, the full name of which was “Commercial Arbitration 2019: What Parties and Counsel Have a Right to Expect and Arbitration Should be Delivering: Arbitration at its Best,” differed in a number of ways from the programs we generally cover.

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Warren to FINRA: What’s Happening on Expungement Changes?
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Senator Elizabeth Warren has written to FINRA inquiring about the status of Board-approved changes on expungement.

We reported in SAA 2018-48 (Dec.

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