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13402. Composition of Arbitration Panels in Cases Not Involving a Statutory Discrimination Claim

For disputes involving statutory employment discrimination claims, see Rule 13802.

(a) Disputes Between Members
(1) In an arbitration between members, the panel composition will be as follows:
•  If the panel consists of one arbitrator, the arbitrator will be a non-public arbitrator selected from the chairperson roster described in Rule 13400(c), unless the parties agree in writing otherwise.
•  If the panel consists of three arbitrators, all will be non-public arbitrators. One of the arbitrators will be selected from the chairperson roster described in Rule 13400(c), unless the parties agree in writing otherwise.
(2) If an arbitration involves only members and a member amends a pleading, pursuant to Rule 13309(c) to add an associated person, the majority of the panel will be public arbitrators, as described in Rule 13402(b). Once an associated person has been added to the proceeding, the rules that apply to cases between associated persons and members will govern list selection and the administration of the arbitration proceeding.
(b) Disputes Between Associated Persons or Between or Among Members and Associated Persons
•  If the panel consists of one arbitrator, the arbitrator will be a public arbitrator selected from the chairperson roster described in Rule 12400(c) of the Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer Disputes, unless the parties agree in writing otherwise.
•  If the panel consists of three arbitrators, one will be a non-public arbitrator and two will be public arbitrators. One of the public arbitrators will be selected from the chairperson roster described in Rule 12400(c) of the Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer Disputes, unless the parties agree in writing otherwise.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2009-011 eff. Aug. 31, 2009.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2008-021 eff. Dec. 15, 2008.
Adopted by SR-NASD-2004-011 eff. April 16, 2007.

Selected Notice: 07-07, 08-57, 09-43.

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