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Article in The Hill explains why the new CFPB banning mandatory arbitration is a good thing

Posted on: July 13th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Paul Bland has written an excellent article in The Hill that reviews the background behind the publication of the new CFPB rule banning mandatory arbitration, and addresses the merits and criticisms of the new rule.

Here is the link.  http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/finance/341472-who-will-gop-lawmakers-stand-with-the-people-or-crooked-bankers.

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CFPB issues rule banning mandatory arbitration agreements in consumer finance documents

Posted on: July 12th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a new rule to ban companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses to deny groups of people their day in court. Many consumer financial products like credit cards and bank accounts have arbitration clauses in their contracts that prevent consumers from joining together to sue their bank or financial company for wrongdoing. By forcing consumers to give up or go it alone – usually over small amounts – companies can sidestep the court system, avoid big refunds, and continue harmful practices. The CFPB’s new rule will deter wrongdoing by restoring consumers’ right to join together to pursue justice and relief through group lawsuits.

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Wells Fargo got away with setting up sham accounts for 5 years because of forced arbitration clauses

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printAccording to a story published in the Hill, Wells Fargo’s scandalous practice of secretly opening more than 2 million sham deposit and credit card accounts dragged on for at least five years, because Wells Fargo contract provisions blocked consumers from suing the bank in court. Read more…

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Prepaid RushCards don’t work

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by Steve Larson

Consumer Protection

Consumers who use RushCards to purchase groceries, gas and pay for other expenses recently were unable to use their cards for cash withdrawals or purchases, and some reported that their account balances did not include recent pay deposits and reported erroneous balances.  RushCards, an alternative to traditional banking, was founded by hip-hop legend Russell Simmons.  Read more…

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Consumer Reports publishes article on CFPB proposal to limit class action bans

Posted on: October 27th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printConsumer Reports published an interesting article on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposal to limit class action bans.  The article can be found here.

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Big Banks will fight CFPB rules on class action waivers

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printThe financial services industry is already opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s moves to restrict arbitration clauses on credit card, bank account and other contracts, and could challenge in court any final rules using recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and even the Dodd-Frank Act itself against the bureau. Read more…

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