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Anachronism Revealed: FINRA Rules Trump Italian Colors to Give Registered Members Their Day in Court

It is rare these days for a court to deny a motion to compel arbitration. It is especially surprising to find such a decision where the parties are subject to an arbitration agreement. Using the fundamental principle...more

Financial Litigation Insights - Fall 2013 Vol 5 No 3

In This Issue: - Anticipating a FINRA Arbitration – What’s Next? ..Statements of Claim and Answer ..Selection of Arbitration Panel ..Initial Prehearing Conference ..Discovery ..Prehearing Exchange of...more

Court Holds Non-Parties May Enforce Arbitration Agreement Even Though The General Rule Is That They Can’t

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, more commonly known as FINRA, has adopted a Code of Arbitration for Customer Disputes (FINRA has a separate code for industry disputes). Under FINRA’s Customer Code, a claim by or...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - March 29, 2013

In this issue: - Proposed Change to FINRA Rule Regarding Release of Disciplinary Complaints, Decisions and Other Information - SEC Approves on an Accelerated Basis FINRA Rule Change Relating to Margin...more

Citing Concepcion, FINRA Panel OKs Class Action Waivers in Broker-Dealer Customer Arbitration Agreements

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) hearing panel held that FINRA’s own rules prohibiting judicial class action waivers in broker-dealer customer arbitration agreements are preempted by the Federal Arbitration...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - December 21, 2012

In this issue: - Nallengara to Replace Cross as Corp. Fin. Chief - FINRA Rule Relating to Private Placements of Securities Effective December 3 - Additional Guidance on FINRA’s Suitability Rule - No-Action...more

The Southern District Sends FLSA Claims To Arbitration

A recent ruling from the Southern District of New York provides further clarification regarding the use of arbitration clauses in employment agreements. On December 4, 2012, District Judge Barbara S. Jones granted UBS AG’s...more

Southern District of New York Compels Arbitration of FLSA Collective Action Claims on an Individualized Basis

On December 4, 2012, Southern District of New York District Judge Barbara S. Jones, granted a motion to compel arbitration on an individual basis in a class and collective action brought pursuant to, among other things, the...more

District Court Finds Class Action Waiver Clauses in Employment Agreements Are Permissible Under FINRA Rules 13204(a) and (b)

On December 4, 2012, in Cohen v. UBS Financial Services, Inc., et al, 12-CIV-2147 ("Cohen"), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York addressed whether Rules 13204(a) and (b) of the FINRA Code of...more

FINRA Rule Amended: Whistleblower Claims Not Subject To Mandatory Arbitration

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd Frank) amended the whistleblower provision in Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) to state that pre-dispute arbitration agreements that...more

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