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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 19 other State Attorney Generals send letter to Congress backing CFPB’s Mandatory Arbitration Rule

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Multi-State letter opposes restrictions Congress is contemplating on a new rule passed by the CFPB that would prohibit banks from requiring consumers to waive their right to seek redress in court. Restrictions on participation in class action cases are routinely inserted by financial institutions into contracts for financial products such as credit cards, payday loans, and checking accounts. Many consumers enter contracts without being aware that they are relinquishing significant rights, including their rights in court.

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Republicans move to invalidate new CFPB rule banning forced arbitration

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by Steve Larson

On July 20, 2017, Congressional Republicans began a process to attempt to eliminate a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that stops companies from putting class action bans in their arbitration clauses and makes it easier for consumers to sue banks, credit card firms, payday lenders and other service providers in court. Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee filed resolutions disapproving of the CFPB’s arbitration rule, putting in motion a process under the Congressional Review Act that could see the bureau’s regulation invalidated.

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U.S. Justice Department switches sides in NLRB case before Supreme Court

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Department of Justice announced on June 16, 2017 that it will switch sides in a Supreme Court case, dropping its previous support for workers to throw its weight behind management.

The case, NLRB v. Murphy Oil, had held that an employment contract that requires the employee to waive his or her right to bring a class-action lawsuit against the employer violates the National Labor Relations Act.

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Republicans in House pass anti-class action bill

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Recently, the Republican-controlled U.S. House passed a bill intended to make it more difficult to bring class actions. Democrats objected that the measure would cripple the public’s ability to keep abuses by corporations in check.

The ironically named Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 changes federal standards for class actions. Backers of the legislation, including Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the bill would adjust the balance between abusive plaintiffs and innocent defendants. The class action bill would require that plaintiffs show that potential class members have both the same type and “scope” of injury to win class certification. Opponents of the legislation say it would make it virtually impossible to bring a class action lawsuit, effectively locking the courthouse doors to millions of Americans.

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Proposed Class Action Bill in the House is Bad for Americans

Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Public Justice has written an excellent article explaining why a proposed class action bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is bad for Americans. Click here for the article.

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Public Justice: One Lawmaker’s Unprecedented Legislation to Allow Corporate America to Run Wild

Posted on: April 30th, 2015 by Steve Larson

UShousePaul Bland, Executive Director of Public Justice, writes, “Rep. Bob Goodlatte has introduced H.R. 1927 – the misleadingly titled Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 – which would make it essentially impossible for Americans to join together in bringing class action lawsuits for nearly any illegal act a corporation might undertake. Read more…

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