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AFR in the News: New U.S. rule on class actions survives first challenge (Reuters)
August 2, 2017 – 4:16 pm

“A new U.S. rule aimed at restoring consumers’ ability to band together to sue financial companies has survived its first challenge, as a top banking regulator on Monday said he would not petition for it to be suspended… ‘The rule is a well thought-out response to the serious consumer harm of forced arbitration,’ said Brian Marshall, policy counsel for advocacy group Americans for Financial Reform.”

AFR Statement: House Vote on CFPB Forced Arbitration Rule a Victory for Big Banks and Predatory Lenders
July 25, 2017 – 5:25 pm

House vote to roll back CFPB rule limiting forced arbitration aids big banks and predatory lenders while stopping ordinary Americans from getting their day in court.

AFR Statement: House Lawmakers Voting to Roll Back CFPB Forced Arbitration Rule Defy Public Sentiment
July 25, 2017 – 11:49 am

In a tough test for the public’s view of the rule, likely voters concluded the rule helps hold companies accountable, and rejected notions that it will encourages frivolous lawsuits.

AFR/CRL Poll: Bipartisan, National Majorities Support CFPB Rule Curbing Forced Arbitration
July 25, 2017 – 10:27 am

Strong, bipartisan majorities nationwide back the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule curbing forced arbitration and giving consumers their day in court.

AFR Statement: Oppose Effort to Roll Back CFPB Rule Banning Forced Arbitration
July 20, 2017 – 12:12 pm

Rolling back CFPB rule banning forced arbitration would be a giveaway to Wells Fargo and predatory lenders. Lawmakers should oppose this cynical effort.

AFR In the News: Regulator Moves Against Mandatory Arbitration Agreements (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
July 17, 2017 – 4:58 pm

“Since most consumers cannot afford to take on a big corporation on their own, banks like Wells Fargo get away with ripping off large numbers of customers,” Amanda Werner, arbitration campaign manager with Americans for Financial Reform and Public Citizen, said in a statement. “This new rule will help prevent this kind of widespread fraud and ensure consumers can fight back.”

AFR In the NEws: Divide Between Financial Regulators Appointed by Trump, Obama Widens (Reuters)
July 17, 2017 – 4:43 pm

The political fissure between an Obama-appointed financial overseer and regulators hired by U.S. President Donald Trump is widening, with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray threatening to challenge in court any attempt to kill his agency’s new arbitration rule. To overturn a CFPB rule, two-thirds of the FSOC must agree that it puts the whole banking system at risk. “It’s an extraordinarily high standard,” said Brian Marshall, policy counsel for Americans for Financial Reform, a Washington-based advocacy group. “It’s ludicrous that the arbitration rule would meet that standard.”

AFR In the News: Banks’ Imperfect Options for Killing CFPB Arbitration Rule (American Banker)
July 17, 2017 – 4:39 pm

Opponents of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule are eyeing a trio of options for blocking the regulation before it takes effect, but all three are beset with their own challenges. The strategy with the most attention is for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to repeal the rule through the Congressional Review Act. But industry representatives are also considering the prospect of the Financial Stability Oversight Council overruling the regulation, or a group such as the Chamber of Commerce suing to throw the rule out. Yet all three appear to face an uphill climb. “Suggesting now that the rule would put the safety and soundness of the American banking system at risk is preposterous,” said Brian Marshall, policy counsel at Americans for Financial Reform. “Many banks do not use forced arbitration clauses at all, and the OCC has never suggested those institutions are not safe and sound as a result.”