The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge: Hon. Morrison C. England, Jr.
PLAINTIFF'S APPLICATION FOR ORDER SHORTENING TIME ON MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION; ORDER THEREON
TO ALL PARTIES HEREIN AND TO THEIR ATTORNEYS OF RECORD:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that plaintiff JOANNE JOHANNSEN, individually and as TRUSTEE of The JOHANNSEN FAMILY TRUST Dated October 18, 1988, and The JOHANNSEN FAMILY SURVIVORS TRUST Dated October 18, 1988, hereby moves the Court for an order shortening time allowing the Court to thereby hear, on such shortened time, the plaintiff's accompanying motion asking the Court to vacate its prior Memorandum and Order, entered herein on January 10, 2012, and to thereafter reconsider and deny the defendants' prior motion to compel arbitration.
This request for an order shorting time is based upon the following facts, more fully described in the accompanying Declaration of David L. Price, counsel for plaintiff.
1. Upon receipt of the Court's Memorandum and Order requiring the parties to submit their dispute to binding arbitration under the auspices of FINRA, plaintiff, though her legal counsel, contacted FINRA and obtained an application to formally and properly submit the matter.
2. Plaintiff's counsel had several conversations with FINRA representatives and thereafter completed FINRA's rather extensive application.
3. Following FINRA's review of the application, its management staff contacted Mr. Price advising of FINRA's concern that it was being asked to arbitrate what appeared to FINRA to be a real estate dispute about which FINRA had no particular expertise. Mr. Price reiterated that there was a court order compelling such a procedure and FINRA accepted the application for processing.
4. On March 15, 2012, plaintiff's counsel received a letter dated March 13, 2012 in which FINRA advised that Morgan Stanley DW Inc.'s FINRA membership has been terminated, as a result of which Morgan Stanley cannot compel a party to arbitrate with FINRA (notwithstanding a writing which so requires).
5. Plaintiff was specifically advised that FINRA's Code of Arbitration Procedure "prohibits any FINRA member whose membership is terminated, suspended, canceled or revoked . . . from enforcing predispute arbitration agreements with its customers to arbitrate with FINRA." FINRA also advised that it was nonetheless willing to host such a proceeding but ONLY if Ms. Johannsen so stipulates.
6. Plaintiff Johannsen does NOT desire to arbitrate, particularly with FINRA.
7. Perhaps most importantly, at least with respect to this motion for an order shortening time and the urgency created thereby, the FINRA letter only gives Ms. Johannsen until April 17, 2012 to decide and in fact states they it will arrange the arbitration unless plaintiff advises FINRA that she does NOT want to do so. Plaintiff cannot bring this matter to the Court's attention other than on shortened time and therefore files this application and the accompanying motion for reconsideration.
Based upon the foregoing particulars and all of those facts and contentions set forth in the attached motion, plaintiff respectfully asks the Court to shorten time and to allow the filing and hearing of this motion. Plaintiff further asks the Court to impose a deadline by which defendants must object to the accompanying motion - should they elect to do so.
March 19, 2012 LAW OFFICES OF DAVID L. PRICE David L. Price ...