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Pace University

2016

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The Historical Basis Of Securities Arbitration As An Investor Protection Mechanism, Jill I. Gross Jan 2016

The Historical Basis Of Securities Arbitration As An Investor Protection Mechanism, Jill I. Gross

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

Why do broker-dealers fear a legal system in which the firms' customers have a unilateral right to demand arbitration of disputes? That scenario would return the industry to the pre-McMahon years, when, because the enforceability of PDAAs with respect to federal securities laws was in doubt, most brokerage customers had such a unilateral right. In fact, the pre-McMahon history of securities arbitration, written about only sparsely, reveals that, today, the primary stakeholders in the process--investors and brokerage firms--have lost sight of the original reason why the securities industry heavily relied on arbitration to resolve industry disputes. While offering a speedy, …