Notice to Members 98-90

New Arbitrator List Selection Rules and Monetary Thresholds for Simplified and Single Arbitration Cases Take Effect

On October 14, 1998, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved rule changes proposed by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD®) relating to the selection of arbitrators. The arbitrator list selection rules and related amendments to the Code of Arbitration Procedure will be effective on November 17, 1998. The list selection rules will allow the parties to an arbitration to have a significant role in selecting the arbitrators that will hear their dispute.

The NASD is also declaring effective previously approved increases in the ceilings for simplified arbitration cases and for cases eligible for resolution by a single arbitrator from $10,000 to $25,000, and from $30,000 to $50,000, respectively.