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Grandon v Merrill Lynch & Co., ___F.3d ____(2nd Cir. 1998)
Broker-Dealers have a duty to disclose markups on municipal bonds when those markups are excessive,
Halligan vs. Piper Jaffray, ___F.3d ___, (2d Cir. 1998)
Arbitrator Awards can be reversed for manifest disregard of the law - or of the evidence.
Matter of Alpha Bytes Computer Corp. v. Slaton, Sup.Ct., New York Co., NYLJ 5/1/98, Justice York.
Punitive damages award is upheld. "If the parties to an arbitration contract agree to refer punitive damages claims to the
arbitrator, the FAA ensures that their agreement will be enforced according to its terms even if a rule of state law would
otherwise exclude such claims from arbitration."
Matter of D.H. Blair & Co. v. Massimi, Sup.Ct., New York Co., NYLJ 4/9/98, Justice Bransten
Arbitration not stayed for brokerage facing criminal inquiry
Arbitration subpoena served on non-party held to violate his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and is
quashed. By Sullivan, J.P.; Nardelli, Williams and Tom, JJ.
Manifest disregard of the law can be a basis for overturning an arbitration award
New York State Arbitration Decisions
The vast majority of securities arbitration cases are decided under New York law. Here is a collection of the most recent
decisions from the New York Courts.
Glennon vs. Dean Witter Reynolds
Qualified Privilege for U-5 Statements
Arbitrators decide eligibility
First Central Bank of Denver vs. First Interstate Bank of Denver, 114 S.Ct. 1439, 128 L.Ed.2d 119, 62 USLW 4230, Fed. Sec. L.
Rule 10b-5 does not include liability for aiding and abetting.
United States vs. O'Hagan
Supreme Court decision upholding the use of the misappropriation theory in insider trading cases.
Gustafson v. Alloyd Co., 115 S. Ct. 1061, 131 L. Ed. 2d 1 (1995).
Section 12(2) of the '33 Act does not extend to a private sale contract. Dissent, by Justice Thomas, with Scalia, Ginsburg,
and Breyer joining; and by Justice Ginsburg, with Breyer joining.
Plaut v. Spendthrift Farm, Inc., 115 S. Ct. 1447, 131 L. Ed. 2d 328 (1995)
Congress' attempt to end-run Lampf is stricken as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Justice Thomas dissented.
Mastrobuono v. Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc., 115 S. Ct. 1212, 131 L. Ed. 2d 76 (1995).
If contracting parties agree to include punitive damages claims within the issues to be arbitrated, the FAA ensures that
their agreement will be enforced according to its terms even if a rule of state law would otherwise exclude such claims



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