PLEASE NOTE: THE LAW IS AREA HAS CHANGED. WE PRESENT THIS ARTICLE FOR HISTORIC PURPOSES. RETAIN A SECURITIES ATTORNEY TO PROPERLY ADVISE YOU ON ELIGIBILITY ISSUES. Introduction While nearly every brokerage firm customer has an arbitration agreement with his brokerage firm to arbitrate his disputes, a significant issue of law […]
Securities arbitration refers to the alternative dispute resolution process to resolve claims between broker firms and their customers and employees. FINRA operates the largest arbitration forum in the United States for the resolution of these disputes.
While no one can be forced to give up their rights to a trial in court, virtually all agreements between investors and their stockbrokers include mandatory arbitration agreements, and every registered stockbroker is required to arbitrate their disputes with their customers and firms.
Our site has been providing information regarding securities arbitration since 1995, starting with Overview of the Securities Arbitration Process. We update the site on a regular basis and invite you to explore our commentary and links and to ask questions.
Prefer to talk by phone? Call Mark Astarita at 212-509-6544 with any questions regarding securities law, enforcement and arbitration.
MISREPRESENTATION IS ONE OF THE MOST used and abused claims in securities arbitration. A form of a fraud claim, misrepresentation involves knowingly making false statements that a listener will rely and act upon. Obviously, this violates a broker’s professional obligation to deal fairly with customers and breaches a customer’s […]
Just What Happens at an Arbitration? By Mark J. Astarita, Esq. Past columns have touched on arbitration hearings, and have raised the question of just what happens during an arbitration hearing. There is apparently significant misconceptions about the hearing process. Hopefully I can clear some of this up, and provide […]
By Mark J. Astarita, Esq. Suitability is an often misunderstood concept in the law. To most, it means that that brokers are required to ensure that their customers invest only in securities that are “suitable” for them. This oversimplification worries many brokers who, armed with this definition, often lament that […]
More brokers and firms are being forced to settle customer claims, particularly where the claim is less than the total arbitration expense. Settling the Matter By Mark J. Astarita, Esq. In June, we addressed how to avoid customer disputes. This month, we jump ahead to how to resolve them, either […]
Featured Articles Introduction to Securities Arbitration – The ultimate primer on securities arbitration, authored by Mark J. Astarita, Esq., a New York securities attorney who has represented parties to securities arbitrations in virtually every major city for 20 years. An excellent introduction to the process. Featured Books Securities Regulation in a Nutshell – This […]
Bailey vs. Chase Securities, Inc., et al, 01-Civ-7222 (AGS), 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7788 (SDNY 5/1/02) Employment Discrimination * ADEA * SRO Rules (NASD Rule 10201) * Consolidation Issues (Bifurcation) * Arbitration Agreement (Form U-4) * Employment Agreement * Competing Agreements * Waiver * Prejudice to Party. The Form U-4 […]
New Mechanism for Resolution of Raiding Disputes Approved Rule 10335 makes permanent, with some significant modifications, a formal mechanism for the resolution of raiding disputes, under a NASD Rule approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Former Rule 10335, designed as a one-year pilot in 1996 and taken out of […]
Stay of Non-Arbitrable Claims is Discretionary Where Arbitrable Claims Exist Baggesen vs. American Skandia Life Assurance Corp. Baggesen v. American Skandia Life Assurance Corp. & Securities America, Inc., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23411 (D. Mass, 12/5/02). FAA (§ 3) * Agreement to Arbitrate * Stay of Litigation * Scope of […]
State Laws Aimed At Arbitration Contracts Preempted BRADLEY v.HARRIS RESEARCH, INC., No. 00-16021 (9th Cir., 12/28/01): Chem-Dry is a well-known provider of carpet cleaning services and HRI is a Utah corporation that franchises these outlets. HRI granted a Chem-Dry franchise to the Bradleys in 1983 and, in the Franchise Agreement, […]