Alternative Dispute Resolution (CLE)

FINRA Arbitration: Current Issues and Practice Tips for 2023

2023-05-18T01:05:40-04:00

Following the controversial ruling by Georgia State Court on the Wells Fargo arbitration award in 2022, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is now pushing for a more transparent arbitration procedure. FINRA's new proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is aimed at improving the prevailing practices in the arbitration and resolution forum. While the FINRA arbitration landscape remains uncertain until the approved rule changes, practitioners must keep themselves abreast of any developments to mitigate potential drawbacks.

Latest Updates on FINRA Arbitration Rules: Effective Litigation Strategies Explored

2023-11-15T15:37:23-05:00

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) continues its heightened regulation of crowdfunding platforms, trading volume overstatements, and digital signature forgery. Several policy initiatives also remain concerning complex product trading and “restricted firm” designations.  Notably, FINRA recently proposed a new set of rule changes that aim to impose austere requirements for registered representatives seeking the expungement of customer disputes.

Construction Disputes: Strategies and Best Practices to Manage Complexities and Challenges

2022-09-29T01:53:38-04:00

Construction claims, which typically arise from disagreements, failed obligations, or violations on construction contracts, can be challenging and time-consuming. Failure to effectively manage and resolve such disputes can have a profound effect on a project’s lifecycle and deter good relationship between parties.

Winning Strategies During Trials: What You Need to Know and Consider

2022-10-28T01:13:38-04:00

The increasing complexity of commercial litigation remains evident as regulatory changes and judicial developments continue to reshape the landscape. More significantly, the expected surge of COVID-19 related litigation filings underscores the need for organizations and their lawyers to be well-equipped in approaching potential disputes and trials. Time-tested trial techniques will become even more important as courts begin to drive their docket backlogs to trial over the next year.

International Arbitration: Practical Tips and Best Strategies

2022-10-28T02:00:25-04:00

International arbitration has historically been considered a cheaper and faster way than litigation to settle disputes. However, some question whether that remains true today in light of the so-called “due process paranoia,” where tribunals allow too much procedural latitude at the expense of additional time and cost to the parties.  Before choosing international arbitration as a resolution method, in-house counsel need to understand the current pros and cons of this dispute resolution method.  And with an ever-evolving backdrop, litigators need up-to-date knowledge and strategies to gain favorable results for their clients, including understanding the different international arbitration regimes, how best to research potential arbitrators’ backgrounds, best practices for framing the matter to the tribunal, cost-effective and results-driven discovery techniques, and data protection and enforcement of settlement arrangements.

FINRA Arbitrations: A Comprehensive Guide for 2020 and Beyond

2021-07-19T04:30:55-04:00

New regulatory and legislative developments continue to reshape the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration landscape. One of the sweeping changes today is FINRA’s temporary shift to remote operations and virtual arbitrations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Proper planning and assessment of the "new normal" must be carefully considered by practitioners to avoid the pitfalls which virtual hearings may entail. Other significant updates include FINRA’s overhaul of its Membership Application Program (MAP) rules and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) approval of FINRA rule setting a minimum fee for brokers’ expungement request.

Leveraging Discovery in International Arbitration: Managing Potentials and Perils

2021-04-05T04:12:55-04:00

Under 28 U.S.C. Section 1782, U.S. federal courts are authorized to order or withhold discovery “for use in a proceeding in a foreign or international tribunal.” However, due to the existing disparity in arbitral proceedings, discovery assistance proceeds with varying conclusions among circuit courts. As a result, debates continue to emerge on the use of Section 1782, considering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests given to private entities in collecting evidence for foreign arbitrations.

Dispute Resolution Tools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Key Considerations

2021-03-31T01:24:02-04:00

COVID-19 may delay judicial proceedings all over the world, but it cannot stall the emergence of new disputes. The proliferation of conflicts across industries can even increase given the economic disruptions resulting from the enforced lockdowns. With this current backdrop, litigation may not be the best way for parties to deal with conflict.

A Practical Guide to Employee Arbitration Agreements: What You Need to Know

2021-03-31T11:53:36-04:00

Over the past years, employee arbitration agreements have been helpful in preventing employment-related lawsuits. If properly executed, arbitration clauses provide several benefits to both employers and employees. These benefits include the resolution of claims away from the public, the ability to select the arbitrator, and the faster process by which conflicts are resolved. Arbitration of claims is also significant in redirecting employment-related cases from overburdened courts.

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