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L.A. Times says Equifax forced arbitration clause is not the outrage, it is all the others

Posted on: September 26th, 2017 by Steve Larson

David Lazarus, a business reporter for the L.A. Times, wrote an article stating that consumers are just now becoming aware of the forced arbitration issue because of the Equifax attempt to force consumers whose data had been stolen to waive their right to bring cases in court by inserting a forced arbitration clause in the small print of a credit monitoring product that was offered as a remedy for the breach. Mr. Lazarus said the real outrage is that the use of forced arbitration clauses are so pervasive.

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals reverses order requiring arbitration

Posted on: September 19th, 2017 by Keith Dubanevich

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a District Court decision that forced Verizon customers into an arbitration against a different company, Turn, Inc. The Court found that the claims did not arise out of the Verizon contract which contained an arbitration clause.

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Senators must now choose whether to side with veterans or big banks

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A recent article in the Huffington Post explains why the CFPB Rule banning forced arbitration is so important.  Here is the link.

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Economic Policy Institute issues report saying average consumer does better in a class action than in arbitration

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by Steve Larson

The Economic Policy Institute just released a fact sheet debunking industry claims that consumers recover more money in arbitration than class actions. They re-examined data from the CFPB study and found that the average consumer is ordered to pay their bank or lender $7,725 in arbitration.

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CBS News does great piece on how forced arbitration harms consumers

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Steve Larson

CBS News recently published an article on how forced arbitration harms consumers. The article, “AT&T and DirectTV face thousands of complaints linked to overcharging, promotions” can be read by clicking here.

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BBC World News connects passenger being dragged off of United Airlines plane to unequal bargaining power between consumers and corporations in America as a result of forced arbitration clauses

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On the April 11, 2017, BBC World News Program, the announcer told a reporter for the Atlantic that traditionally in the United States, if a group of consumers were being treated unfairly by a large corporation, it might result in a lawsuit. The announcer questioned why that was not the case here. The reporter for the Atlantic said that class actions have been vitally important in the past in the United States at leveling the playing field when consumers have disputes with large corporations. The reporter noted that an individual consumer would never have the financial wherewithal to get into a legal dispute with a company the size of United Airlines over an individual claim, but if the claim was on behalf of a number of consumers, that would give the consumers more leverage.

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