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SEC Approves Amended FINRA Rule 2081 Prohibiting Settlements Conditioned on Expungement

On July 22, the SEC approved amendments to FINRA Rule 2081 that prohibit member firms from conditioning arbitration settlements (or seeking to) upon a customer’s assent to CRD expungement relief. The Rule amendments prohibit...more

FINRA Sends “Public Arbitrators” Rule to SEC for Approval

On June 30, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) sent its proposed rules to limit the definition of “public arbitrators” to those without any experience in the securities industry. Previously, an...more

Arbitration Report - July 2014

In this Report: - U.S. Personal Jurisdiction Limits on Actions under the New York Convention: First Investment Corporation of the Marshall Islands v. Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, Ltd. - Update on Most...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration Based On Unsigned Agreement

The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration in a securities fraud lawsuit brought by two investors in a company. The basis for the motion to compel was an arbitration...more

FINRA Continues Investor-Friendly Arbitration Reforms

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is submitting rule amendments for SEC approval that would generally make individuals with any past ties to the financial industry ineligible to be considered "public" FINRA...more

Industry trade groups urge OMB not to approve CFPB arbitration telephone survey

Three prominent industry trade groups are urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) not to approve the CFPB’s proposal to conduct a national telephone survey of 1,000 credit card holders as part of its study of the use...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms that Waiting Too Long to Raise an Arbitration Agreement’s Delegation Clause Waives the Right to Have the...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently confirmed that waiting too long to raise an arbitration agreement’s delegation clause waives the right to ask the court to send threshold questions of...more

Two N.C. Supreme Court Rulings in the Neighborhood

Today, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued opinions and rulings on petitions. Readers of this blog will find at least one of the opinions and one of the petition rulings interesting....more

First Things First: There Must Be An Arbitration Agreement In Order To Compel Arbitration

Two courts recently refused to compel arbitration because the defendants could not prove that the parties had entered into an arbitration agreement at all. Therefore, the musical accompaniment to this post is “Do Re Mi” from...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Broad Reading of Arbitration Ban in Dodd-Frank

In a variation on a familiar refrain, the Fourth Circuit recently upheld the enforceability of another arbitration provision under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) in Santoro v. Accenture Federal Services, LLC. This time,...more

Compliance Matters: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming…

While we strive to bring you the latest regulatory matters that we believe you will find important for compliance purposes, we would like to take a moment to bring you information that may be just as valuable....more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Reinstates $185 Million Arbitral Award - Placing New Focus on Clear Prerequisites to Arbitration in...

In an opinion issued in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina, 134 S. Ct. 1198 (2014), the United States Supreme Court found that a prerequisite to arbitration was a procedural issue to be decided by the arbitration panel and...more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Upholds Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Agreements

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has recently enforced arbitration clauses in short-term “payday” loan contracts, requiring the borrowers to bring their claims in arbitration rather than in court. In doing so, the Court...more

9th Circuit Holds Issuer Is Investment Bank’s “Customer” And “Actions and Proceedings” Include Arbitrations

In 2005 and 2006, the biggest little city in the world (aka Reno, Nevada) issued approximately $211 million in securities employing Goldman, Sachs & Co. as its sole underwriter and broker-dealer. The financing didn’t work...more

The Commercial Decision Reviews Arbitrations: Three Recent Decisions Clarify Standards For Actions Brought Pursuant To Article 75...

Several recent decisions by Commercial Division Justices, two of them affirmed by the First Department, have clarified the limitations and standards applied in actions brought pursuant to Article 75 of the CPLR. Article 75...more

Brownstein Trial Victory Provides Executive Compensation Plan Guidance

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck attorneys and their client recently scored another trial victory. The outcome provides lessons for Brownstein’s clients that utilize variable compensation plans for their...more

Amendment to Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Arbitration Law

What has happened? The reputation of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) as a burgeoning hub for international arbitration was significantly boosted late last month, when the DIFC Authority amended the DIFC...more

CFPB's Arbitration Study—A Warning to Consumer Financial Service Companies

On December 12, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published its “Arbitration Study Preliminary Results,” mandated by Section 1028(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Study”). Unfortunately (and despite its statements...more

CFPB’s Preliminary Report: Financial Consumers Can Only Avoid Arbitration By Using A Credit Union

Say it’s twenty degrees below zero outside, and you’d already seen boiling water turn into “snow” immediately upon making contact with the air, what would you do next? Assuming you were all caught up on your Words With...more

Back to the Future: The CFPB’s Arbitration Report Could Signal a Return to the Days Before Concepcion

The “preliminary” report on consumer arbitration issued late last year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appears to be another marker along the road leading to the end of alternative dispute resolution as a primary...more

Cross-border derivatives disputes: ISDA Arbitration Guide 2013 model clauses offer more certainty

The 2013 International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Arbitration Guide has been published following a two-year consultation with ISDA members. The Guide provides model clauses for various forms of arbitration...more

International Arbitration - Q4 2013

AUSTRALIA: NEW GOVERNMENT MAY LEAD TO OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTOR/STATE ARBITRATION - This autumn, the people of Australia elected a new federal government, presenting a number of potential opportunities for...more

Hungary: Arbitration agreement is not binding on insolvent claimant

A recently published ruling of a Hungarian regional court of appeal has held that the enforcement of claims by an insolvent claimant in arbitration is contradictory to the aims of the insolvency proceedings and to a...more

Australia: new government may lead to opportunities for investor/state arbitration

This autumn, the people of Australia elected a new federal government, presenting a number of potential opportunities for investor-state arbitration in Australia. First, the new government has reviewed its position...more

CFPB Builds its Case Against Arbitration Clauses

INTRODUCTION - The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) mandated a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) study on the use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in consumer...more

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