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 stock broker 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.

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Compulsory Arbitration Waivers

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California Legislation on Arbitral Ethics

The California Assembly has passed a comprehensive legislative package that will overhaul the arbitration process, and maybe ruin it. Reinforcing the ethical standards that have been developed by the California Judicial Council (SAA 02-17) for full implementation on July 1, the California Assembly has passed in recent weeks a comprehensive […]

Arbitrator Authority to Decide Jurisdiction

    ]]> Home | Message Board Home Search Arbitration Investors Brokers Finance Law Compliance Archives Poweragent, Inc. vs. Electronic Data Systems Corp. Objections to jurisdiction may be generally decided by the courts, but once the arbitrators rule, the authority cannot be challenged. POWERAGENT, INC. v. ELECTRONIC DATA SYSTEMS CORP., […]

Arbitration Agreements and Enforcement

  To Compel Arbitration, Must Prove Knowing Acceptance of the Agreement This time, merely proving that the agreement was signed was not enough. Braga v. VMR Capital Markets, No. B144584 (Cal. App., 2Dist., 2/13/02). Arbitration Agreement * Contractual Issues (Mutual Assent) * Waiver * State Law, Applicability of * FAA […]

Attempt to Void Settlement

Arbitration Panel Orders Return of Settlement Payment, and Awards Nothing. WEINBERG v. BEAR STEARNS & CO., INC., NYSE ID #2000-008216 (Los Angeles, 10/18/00): Recently confirmed, this Award presents an unusual outcome in a “two-bites-of-the-apple” scenario. According to the “Case Summary” section of the Award, Israel and Molly Weinberg entered into […]