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Coronavirus Update (March 15)
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This new, temporary, section covers Coronavirus-related legislative, regulatory, legal, and scheduling developments impacting the financial and arbitration fields. We will discontinue this temporary feature when the pandemic passes – hopefully soon.

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That Didn’t Take Very Long! First “Corona Crash” Arbitrations Seem To Already Be on the Way. And a Major Industry Event Is Cancelled
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

The first Coronavirus-related arbitrations may be on the way, caused by a trading platform’s alleged crash as the market was bouncing back in a record way.

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What’s Past is Prologue – All Over Again. What’s Ahead for Arbitration Filings in the Wake of Recent Volatility
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief and Richard P. Ryder, SAC Founder and President

The crashing and rebounding capital markets in the wake of the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak causes the Alert’s George H.

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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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District Court Issues Preliminary Injunction in Business Groups’ Challenge to New California Law Restricting Employment PDAA Use and Enforcement
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

A federal district court has issued a preliminary injunction staying California AB-51 implementation, pending final determination on the merits of a suit challenging the statute.

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FINRA Stats, 12/19: Another Slow Year at FINRA-ODR, in Terms of New Filings
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Take the final tally of 3,757 new case submissions that FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution recorded during the past year, deduct the reported total of some 500 cases for the month of August,

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