SR-FINRA-2013-023

Proposed Rule Change to Amend FINRA Rule 12403 of the Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer Disputes to Simplify Arbitrator Selection in Cases with Three Arbitrators

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. ("FINRA") is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC" or "Commission") a proposed rule change to amend FINRA Rule 12403 of the Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer Disputes ("Customer Code") to simplify arbitration panel selection in cases with three arbitrators. Under the proposed rule change, FINRA would no longer require a customer to elect a panel selection method, and parties in all customer cases with three arbitrators would get the same selection method.  FINRA would provide all parties with lists of 10 chair-qualified public arbitrators, 10 public arbitrators, and 10 non-public arbitrators. FINRA would permit the parties to strike four arbitrators on the chair-qualified public list and on the public list. However, any party could select an all-public arbitration panel by striking all of the arbitrators on the non-public list.