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AFR Statement: Senate Dodd-Frank Changes Would Benefit Banks Not Look Out for Consumers
November 13, 2017 – 5:16 pm

Congress ought to be passing robust new consumer protections, not doing favors for banks. Annual industry earnings by banks set a new record in 2016, and community banks saw even faster growth than big banks. Over 95 percent of community banks turned a profit last year.

AFR Statement: Stories of Wells Fargo Victims Drive Home Injustice of Forced Arbitration
October 23, 2017 – 9:02 am

Americans for Financial Reform is stepping up its campaign in support of the consumer’s right to a day in court. A significant five-figure digital campaign targeting Maine, Alaska, Louisiana and Arizona will tell the stories of Hudson and Byrd, who were scammed by Wells Fargo – and left with no means of pursuing justice.

Joint Letters: Key Consumer, Labor, and Financial Reform Groups Push Regulators to Revoke Wells Fargo’s Charter and Deposit Insurance
October 4, 2017 – 4:01 pm

“Courts and multiple agencies have found – and Wells Fargo has admitted – that the bank has repeatedly ‘violat[ed] laws or regulations.’ In addition, Wells Fargo’s prudential regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), has found the bank’s violations constitute ‘unsafe or unsound practices.’ By statute, either of these criteria is sufficient grounds for termination of a bank’s deposit insurance.”

AFR Statement: “Monopoly Man” Highlights Equifax, Wells Fargo Use of Forced Arbitration
October 4, 2017 – 1:08 pm
AFR Statement: “Monopoly Man” Highlights Equifax, Wells Fargo Use of Forced Arbitration

Americans for Financial Reform and Public Citizen are defending limits on forced arbitration from congressional attack with a delivery all 100 U.S. Senate offices: a mock “Get-Out-of-Jail-Free” card for the banks inspired by the board game Monopoly. An activist dressed as the billionaire Monopoly Man led the delivery.

AFR in the News: Wells Fargo’s Testimony Left Some Feeling Shortchanged (NY Times)
September 1, 2017 – 9:31 am

“This lapse calls for new congressional hearings on Wells Fargo, according to 33 consumer groups. Led by Americans for Financial Reform and Public Citizen, two left-leaning consumer organizations, the groups sent a letter late Thursday to leadership of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee urging them to bring Wells Fargo executives back to Capitol Hill to answer questions about the bank’s stream of abuses.”

Joint Press Release: Wells Fargo May Have Lied to Congress, Say 33 Groups led by AFR and Public Citizen
August 31, 2017 – 4:12 pm

“‘Wells Fargo used forced arbitration clauses and class-action bans to hide abuses and prevent its customers from securing justice or even realizing that problems the bank causes them are widespread,’ said Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform. ‘It now appears that they have also tried to hide the breadth of problems inside the bank, even in the face of direct questions from members of Congress. Leaders of the relevant committees should be demanding answers and further hearings to get them.’”

AFR Statement: Wells Fargo’s Latest Attempt to Get Away with Fraud
August 24, 2017 – 1:08 pm

“This Wells Fargo case is yet another demonstration of the harm consumers will suffer if Congress chooses to repeal the CFPB arbitration rule and restore banks’ ‘Get out of Jail Free card.,” said Lisa Donner, Executive Director for Americans for Financial Reform. “It is also yet another reminder why lawbreaking banks are pushing for the rule to be overturned: blocking consumers right to go to court makes it easier for them to rip people off.”