Important Differences between FINRA Arbitration and Court
Arbitration is intended to be a more cost efficient and time efficient way to resolve disputes, as compared to a court proceeding. To achieve these efficiencies, arbitration is more streamlined than court litigation. One way that the time frame is shortened is that arbitration results are binding. Whereas parties in a court case can appeal the result they get at the trial court level, arbitration awards generally are final and cannot be appealed. The lack of appeals often eliminates years from the time length of a case.
Another way that FINRA arbitration achieves efficiencies is by eliminating certain procedures that exist in court, including the lack of most motions to dismiss, the lack of motions for summary judgment, and the general lack of depositions. The lack of these procedural burdens makes arbitration faster and less expensive than court. The lack of these procedures also provides fewer opportunities for brokerage firms to defeat an investor’s claims before the final hearing (the trial stage of a FINRA arbitration).
Notwithstanding the lack of certain court procedures, FINRA arbitration has its own set of procedural rules than can be difficult to navigate if you are unfamiliar with the process. Brokerage firms typically hire skilled defense counsel to represent them in FINRA arbitrations and investors would be unwise to attempt to pursue their claims without the guidance of an experienced FINRA arbitration attorney.
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