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SEC Approves FINRA’s Minimum Expungement Fees Rule Filing
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

No sooner had we reported in SAA 2020-19 (May 20) that FINRA Dispute Resolution Services (“DRS”) had responded to comments on its proposed new fee regime specifically for expungement requests,

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Letter from the Editor: Change the Code to Support Virtual Hearings
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We always welcome letters to the editor commenting on current items of interest in the Alert. Here’s one from the editor, suggesting that the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure be amended to specifically authorize arbitrators to direct that hearings be held virtually.

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After Moving at a Snail’s Pace, FINRA’s Proposed Changes to the Membership Program To Encourage Arbitration Award Payment Switch to the Express Lane
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Back in mid-2017, FINRA’s Board authorized staff to publish a Regulatory Notice seeking comments on a proposal to amend the Authority’s Membership Application Program (“MAP”) rules to create further incentives for the timely payment of arbitration awards.

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Very Few Comments on FINRA’s Proposed Inactive Industry Party Arbitration Rule
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

The comment period closed December 13 on FINRA’s proposed rule to expand a customer’s arbitration options when firms or APs become inactive,

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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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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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