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Member Arbitration Rules



SECTION 10. AWARD, SETTLEMENT AND WITHDRAWAL.
[Adopted effective February 18, 1992. Effective dates of amendments: May 17, 1993; March 24, 1994; March 12, 1996; June 23, 1997; June 1, 1999; September 1, 1999; March 21, 2001; March 10, 2005; June 1, 2006; October 1, 2006; and July 7, 2011.]

(a) Issuance of Award.

The Panel shall notify NFA of its decision within 30 days after the record is closed. NFA shall then prepare a written award form, to be dated and signed by the Panel members. NFA shall promptly serve a copy of the award on each party or its representative. The award shall be that of the Panel majority.

(b) Relief.

The award may grant or deny any of the relief requested and may include an assessment of interest, costs or fees (See Sections 7, 11 and 12). A request for declaratory relief will only be heard by the arbitrators if the Respondent agrees to have the arbitrators hear the claim.

(c) Finality.

The Panel's award shall be final on the date thereof. The award may be modified by the Panel if a party submits a written request for modification which is received by NFA within 20 days from the date of service of the award on the parties, and the Panel deems modification necessary because:

    (1) there is an evident material miscalculation of figures or an evident material mistake in the description of any person, thing, or property referred to in the award;

    (2) the arbitrators have awarded upon a matter not submitted to them, unless it is a matter not affecting the merits of the decision upon the matter submitted; or

    (3) the award is imperfect in matter of form not affecting the merits of the controversy.

NFA will not forward a modification request to the Panel unless it is based on one of the grounds listed above. The timely filing of a request for modification shall stay automatically the finality of any award until NFA rejects the request or the Panel either modifies the award or denies the request for modification.

(d) Appeal.

There shall be no right of appeal of the award.

(e) Award Binding.

All parties shall be bound by the award and any modification thereof.

(f) Judgment.

Judgment on the award may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.

(g) Failure to Comply.

(1) The President may, on 30 days written notice, summarily suspend a Member or Associate when the Member, or employee thereof, or Associate:

    (i) fails to comply with an award within 30 days from the date of service of the award by NFA or such other period as specified in the award unless

      (A) a request to modify the award is pending under Section 10(c) or

      (B) the Member or Associate who failed to comply has a pending application to vacate, modify or correct the award in a court of competent jurisdiction and has posted a bond with NFA equal to 150% of the amount of the award against that person or such lesser amount as NFA shall require in a particular case, but not less than 110% unless a satisfactory bond has been posted with the court; or

    (ii) fails to comply with a settlement agreement within 30 days after NFA terminates the arbitration proceeding pursuant to Section 10(h) or such other period as specified in the settlement agreement, or

    (iii)  fails to pay any fee assessed within the time so ordered by the Panel.

The suspension shall remain in effect until such award, settlement agreement, or order of the Panel has been satisfied.

(2) The President may, on 30 days written notice, summarily bar from Membership or Associate Membership a former Member or Associate when that former Member, or employee thereof, or former Associate:

    (i) fails to comply with an award within 30 days from the date of the service of the award by NFA or such other period as specified in the award unless

      (A) a request to modify the award is pending under Section 10(c) or

      (B) the former Member or former Associate who failed to comply has a pending application to vacate, modify or correct the award in a court of competent jurisdiction and has posted a bond with NFA equal to 150% of the amount of the award against that person or such lesser amount as NFA shall require in a particular case, but not less than 110% unless a satisfactory bond has been posted with the court;

    (ii) fails to comply with a settlement agreement within 30 days after NFA terminates the arbitration proceeding pursuant to Section 10(h) or such other period as specified in the settlement agreement, or

    (iii) fails to pay any fee assessed within the time so ordered by the Panel.

The bar shall remain in effect until such award, settlement agreement, or order of the Panel has been satisfied.

(3) A Member which guaranteed an IB during the relevant time may, on 30 days written notice, be summarily suspended by the President if the guarantor fails to pay an award issued against the IB under Section 10(c) or a settlement agreement entered into by the IB under Section 10(h) within 30 days after the guarantor has received actual notice that IB has failed to comply with the award or settlement agreement. The suspension shall be lifted if the award or settlement agreement is satisfied.

(4) The President may, on 30 days written notice, summarily bar a former Member which guaranteed an IB during the relevant time if the guarantor fails to pay an award issued against the IB under Section 10(c) or a settlement agreement entered into by the IB under Section 10(h) within 30 days after the guarantor has received actual notice that the IB has failed to comply with the award or settlement agreement. The bar shall be lifted if the award or settlement agreement is satisfied.

(5) When any Member or Associate fails to comply with any interim order issued under Section 7(e) above, that Member or Associate may be summarily suspended by the President until the Member or Associate complies with the order. Any Member or Associate subject to a summary suspension may, within 30 days of the date of service of the Notice of Suspension, appeal the suspension to the Commission and may, within 10 days of service of the Notice of Suspension, petition the Commission for a stay of the suspension.

(6) In lieu of or in addition to suspending any Member or Associate for failing to comply with an award, s6ttlement agreement or Panel order, NFA may initiate disciplinary action under its Compliance Rules for the failure of any Member or Associate to comply with the award, settlement agreement or Panel's order.

(h) Satisfaction of Demand.

At any time during the course of an arbitration, a party may satisfy a claim by payment or settlement, including settlement through mediation. The arbitration proceeding will terminate upon receipt of written notice of satisfaction and withdrawal of the claim duly executed by the parties and submitted to NFA. If NFA is notified that a claim has been settled, but the notification is not in writing or is not duly executed by the parties, NFA shall send written notice to the parties that the arbitration proceeding will terminate within 20 days of service of such notice unless NFA receives written notice that the claim has not been settled.

(i) Consent Award.

If parties agree to satisfy a claim at any time during the arbitration, the Panel may, at the request of such parties, set forth the terms of the satisfied claim in a consent award.

(j) Withdrawal of Claim.

    (1) At any time during the course of the arbitration, a party may withdraw a claim against any Respondent who has not filed an Answer. A written notice of withdrawal must be filed with NFA. The withdrawal will be without prejudice unless the notice states otherwise.

    (2) After a party has filed a pleading, another party may not withdraw a claim against that party unless the party consents. The notice and the consent must be in writing and filed with NFA. The withdrawal will be without prejudice unless the notice or the consent states otherwise.

 
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