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Abstract

From early historical jurisprudence, courts have recognized the "timeless and universal human appeal"2 of the presumption against the retroactive application of newly enacted statutes and rules. This principle, as a result, has perpetually been "a solid foundation of American law."3 In Nielsen, however, the court challenged this principle and retroactively applied a National Association of Security Dealer's ("NASD") rule change barring any agreements to arbitrate putative class actions.4 Effectively distinguishing this case from precedent which arrived at a different result, the Nielsen decision remains consistent with relevant precedent and, significantly, does not violate fundamental notions of justice.

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