Earlier this year, FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) implemented a change to its arbitration system which has been sought by the Claimants’ bar for years. As set out in this notice, customer Claimants in FINRA arbitrations now have the choice to have their disputes with their stock brokers and brokerage firms heard by three public arbitrators for cases over $100,000.00.
Under the previous FINRA Rule, three arbitrator panels were required to include one “non-public” or “industry” arbitrator, i.e. someone currently employed in the securities industry or with present or former ties to the industry. The securities industry requires that customers arbitrate their disputes with their brokerage firms through FINRA, and virtually all new account forms from U.S. brokerage firms contain a mandatory arbitration clause. Greco & Greco regularly represents customers in FINRA arbitrations - if you would like to discuss a potential claim with one of our attorneys, please Contact Us.