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10332. Schedule of Fees for Customer Disputes

This Code was superseded by the Customer Code (Rule 12000 Series) and the Industry Code (Rule 13000 Series) on April 16, 2007, for claims filed on or after that date. The Code remains in effect, however, for cases filed before April 16, 2007.

(a) At the time of filing a Claim, Counterclaim, Third-Party Claim or Cross-Claim, a party shall pay a non-refundable filing fee and shall remit a hearing session deposit to FINRA in the amounts indicated in the schedules below unless such fee or deposit is specifically waived by the Director of Arbitration.
Where multiple hearing sessions are required, the arbitrators may require any of the parties to make additional hearing deposits for each additional hearing session. In no event shall the amount deposited by all parties per hearing session exceed the amount of the largest initial hearing deposit made by any party under the schedules below.
(b) A hearing session is any meeting between the parties and the arbitrator(s), including a pre-hearing conference with an arbitrator, which lasts four (4) hours or less. The forum fee for a pre-hearing conference with an arbitrator shall be the amount set forth in the schedules below as a hearing session deposit for a hearing with a single arbitrator.
(c) The arbitrators, in their awards, shall determine the amount chargeable to the parties as forum fees and shall determine who shall pay such forum fees. Forum fees chargeable to the parties shall be assessed on a per hearing session basis, and the aggregate for each hearing session may equal but shall not exceed the amount of the largest initial hearing deposit deposited by any party, except in a case where claims have been joined subsequent to filing in which case hearing session fees shall be computed as provided in paragraph (d). The arbitrator(s) may determine in the award that a party shall reimburse to another party any non-refundable filing fee it has paid. If a customer is assessed forum fees in connection with an industry claim, forum fees assessed against the customer shall be based on the hearing deposit required under the industry claims schedule for the amount awarded to industry parties to be paid by the customer and not based on the size of the industry claim. No fees shall be assessed against a customer in connection with an industry claim that is dismissed; however, in cases where there is also a customer claim, the customer may be assessed forum fees based on the customer claim under the procedure set out above. Amounts deposited by a party shall be applied against forum fees, if any. In addition to forum fees, the arbitrator(s) may determine in the award the amount of costs incurred pursuant to Rules 10319, 10321, 10322, and 10326 and, unless applicable law directs otherwise, other costs and expenses of the parties and arbitrator(s) which are within the scope of the agreement of the parties. The arbitrator(s) shall determine by whom such costs shall be borne. If the hearing session fees are not assessed against a party who had made a hearing deposit, the hearing deposit will be refunded unless the arbitrators determine otherwise.
(d) For claims filed separately which are subsequently joined or consolidated under Rule 10314(d), the hearing deposit and forum fees assessable per hearing session after joinder or consolidation shall be based on the cumulative amount in dispute. The arbitrator(s) shall determine by whom such fees shall be borne.
(e) If the dispute, claim, or controversy does not involve, disclose, or specify a money claim, the non-refundable filing fee for a public customer shall be $250 and the non-refundable filing fee for an industry party shall be $500. The hearing session deposit to be remitted by a party shall be $1000 or such greater or lesser amount as the Director of Arbitration or the panel of arbitrators may require, but shall not exceed the maximum amount specified in the schedule.
(f) FINRA shall retain the total initial amount deposited as hearing session deposits by all the parties in any matter submitted and settled or withdrawn within eight business days of the first scheduled hearing session other than a pre-hearing conference.
(g) Any matter submitted and thereafter settled or withdrawn subsequent to the commencement of the first hearing session, including a pre-hearing conference with an arbitrator, shall be subject to an assessment of forum fees and costs incurred pursuant to Rules 10319, 10321, 10322, and 10326 based on hearing sessions held and scheduled within eight business days after FINRA receives notice that the matter has been settled or withdrawn. The arbitrator(s) shall determine by whom such forum fees and costs shall be borne.
(h) Reserved
(i) Reserved
(j) Reserved
(k) Schedule of Fees
For purposes of the schedule of fees, the term "claim" includes Claims, Counterclaims, Third-Party Claims, and Cross-Claims. Any such claim made by a customer or associated person is treated as a customer claim for purposes of the schedule of fees. Any such claim made by a member is an industry claim.

Customer or Associated Person Claimant

 

Hearing Session Deposit

Amount in Dispute (Exclusive of Interest and Expenses) Claim Filing Fee

Deposit for Cases to be Decided on the Paper Record

One Arbitrator1 Three Arbitrators2

$.01–$1,000

$ 25

$ 25

$ 25

NA

$1,000.01–$2,500

$ 25

$ 50

$ 50

NA

$2,500.01–$5,000

$ 50

$ 125

$ 125

NA

$5,000.01–$10,000

$ 75

$ 250

$ 250

NA

$10,000.01–$25,000

$125

$ 300

$ 450

NA

$25,000.01–$30,000

$150

NA

$ 450

$ 600

$30,000.01–$50,000

$175

NA

$ 450

$ 600

$50,000.01–$100,000

$225

NA

$ 450 3

$ 750

$100,000.01–$500,000

$300

NA

$ 450 3

$1,125

$500.000.01–$1,000,000

$375

NA

$ 450 3

$1,200

$1,000,000.01–$3,000,000

$500

NA

$ 450 3

$1,200

$3,000,000.01–$5,000,000

$600

NA

$ 450 3

$1,200

$5,000,000.01–$10,000,000

$600

NA

$ 450 3

$1,200

Over $10,000,000

$600

NA

$ 450 3

$1,200

1 The dispute is resolved by one arbitrator per hearing session, including pre-hearing conferences.

2 The dispute is resolved by three arbitrators per hearing session.

3 Fee applies only to pre-hearing conferences with a single arbitrator.


Member Claimant

 

Hearing Session Deposit

Amount in Dispute (Exclusive of Interest and Expenses) Claim Filing Fee Deposit for Cases to be Decided on the Paper Record One Arbitrator1 Three Arbitrators2

$.01–$1,000

$ 200

$ 25

$ 25

NA

$1,000.01–$2,500

$ 300

$ 50

$ 50

NA

$2,500.01–$5,000

$ 400

$ 125

$ 125

NA

$5,000.01–$10,000

$ 500

$ 250

$ 250

NA

$10,000.01–$25,000

$ 750

$ 300

$ 450

NA

$25,000.01–$30,000

$1,000

NA

$ 450

$ 600

$30,000.01–$50,000

$1,000

NA

$ 450

$ 600

$50,000.01–$100,000

$1,000

NA

$ 450 3

$ 750

$100,000.01–$500,000

$1,000

NA

$ 450 3

$1,125

$500.000.01–$1,000,000

$1,250

NA

$ 450 3

$1,200

$1,000,000.01–$5,000,000

$2,000

NA

$ 450 3

$1,200

$5,000,000.01–$10,000,000

$2,500

NA

$ 450 3

$1,200

Over $10,000,000

$5,000

NA

$ 4503

$1,200

1 The dispute is resolved by one arbitrator per hearing session, including pre-hearing conferences.

2 The dispute is resolved by three arbitrators per hearing session.

3 Fee applies only to pre-hearing conferences with a single arbitrator.

Amended by SR-FINRA-2008-021 eff. Dec. 15, 2008.
Amended by SR-NASD-2000-65 eff. Dec. 31, 2000.
Amended by SR-NASD-2000-11 eff. Nov. 1, 2000.
Amended by SR-NASD-99-23 eff. March 18, 1999.
Amended by SR-NASD-97-79 eff. March 18, 1999.
Amended by SR-NASD-95-25 eff. Aug. 1, 1995.
Amended by SR-NASD-94-10 eff. May 2, 1995.
Amended by SR-NASD-94-75 eff. Jan. 1, 1995.
Amended by SR-NASD-90-03 eff. June 18, 1990.
Amended eff. Oct. 1, 1984; July 1, 1987; Apr. 1, 1988; May 10, 1989; June 1, 1990.

Selected Notices: 99-23, 08-57.

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