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Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide an important issue that has deeply divided the Courts of Appeals—are arbitration provisions in employment agreements that waive an employee's right to bring or participate in class...more

1/16/2017 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Case Consolidation Certiorari Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Collective Actions Employment Contract Federal Arbitration Act NLRA SCOTUS Section 7

Non-profit group files FOIA action against CFPB for access to arbitration rule records

The Cause of Action Institute has filed an action against the CFPB under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information related to the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule. In its complaint filed in D.C. federal...more

12/16/2016 - Arbitration Banking Sector CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Financial Services Industry FOIA

Will the CFPB issue a final arbitration rule before Jan. 20?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the CFPB is pushing to finalize its arbitration rule before Donald Trump’s inauguration as President on January 20.  The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August...more

11/29/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Congressional Review Act Constitutional Challenges Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Final Rules Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Payday Loans PHH Corp. v CFPB SBREFA Service Contracts Title Loans Trump Administration

FTC seeks information on class action claims rates

The FTC has announced that to study the effectiveness of various class action settlement notice programs, it has issued orders to eight claims administrators requiring them to provide information on their procedures for...more

11/18/2016 - Arbitration Class Action Financial Sector FTC Notifications Settlement

FTC Seeks Information on Class Action Claims Rates

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that to study the effectiveness of various class action settlement notice programs, it has issued orders to eight claims administrators requiring them to provide information on...more

11/18/2016 - Arbitration CFPB Class Action Financial Sector FTC Notifications Request For Information Settlement

Election results portend significant changes for CFPB

As a result of Donald J. Trump’s election as President, coupled with the Democrats’ failure to wrest control of the House or Senate from the Republicans, the CFPB can be expected to undergo significant changes that are likely...more

11/10/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Arbitration Automotive Loans Banking Sector CFPB Dodd-Frank Donald Trump Fair Lending Payday Loans PHH Corp. v CFPB Popular Presidential Nominations Removal For-Cause Richard Cordray Single Director

Federal Court Enjoins U.S. Agency’s Nursing Home Arbitration Agreement Ban

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, recently issued a final rule prohibiting nursing homes and other long-term care facilities from utilizing...more

11/9/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Binding Arbitration CMS Contract Terms Federal Arbitration Act Health Care Providers Healthcare HHS Long Term Care Facilities Long-Term Care Medicaid Medicare Nursing Homes Skilled Nursing Facility

U.S. Agency Prohibits Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, has issued a final rule that includes prohibiting nursing homes and other long-term care facilities from...more

10/3/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Binding Arbitration CMS Contract Terms Federal Arbitration Act Health Care Providers Healthcare HHS Long Term Care Facilities Long-Term Care Medicaid Medicare Nursing Homes Preemption Skilled Nursing Facility

Bi-partisan Congressmen seek arbitration safe harbor allowing class action waivers

Republican Congressman Randy Neugebauer, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and Democratic Congressman W. Lacy Clay, the Subcommittee’s Ranking...more

9/16/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Legislative Committees Safe Harbors Service Contracts

Second Circuit: Placing Order Online Did Not Bind Customer to Amazon’s Arbitration Provision

In an important decision underscoring the challenges faced by retailers and others in enforcing online arbitration agreements with their customers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed a district...more

8/30/2016 - Amazon Marketplace Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Browsewrap Agreement Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Clickwrap Agreements Corporate Counsel E-Commerce Internet Retailers Retail Market Terms and Conditions Websites

Ninth Circuit Sides with NLRB in Divide over Employee Arbitration Waiver Agreements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced this week that it agrees with the National Labor Relations Board that individual arbitration waiver agreements, which prevent employees from filing or participating in...more

8/26/2016 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Collective Actions Ernst & Young Federal Arbitration Act Mandatory Arbitration Clauses NLRA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Section 7

Trade groups comment on CFPB arbitration proposal

The American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association and The Financial Services Roundtable (Associations) have filed a joint letter commenting on the CFPB’s proposed rule regulating consumer arbitration...more

8/23/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Service Contracts

Pew’s issue brief in support of the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule: a flawed presentation

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released an issue brief, “Consumers Want the Right to Resolve Bank Disputes in Court,” in which it urges the CFPB to “expeditiously finalize” its proposed arbitration rule. The CFPB’s proposal...more

8/19/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Banking Sector Banks CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Dodd-Frank Financial Services Industry Pew Foundation

Court: Web Registration Did Not Establish User Assent to Arbitration Agreement

Perhaps overshadowed in the raging battle over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposal to ban the use of class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements involving consumer financial products or services is...more

8/10/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Clickwrap Agreements Corporate Counsel Mobile Apps Motion to Compel Privacy Policy Registration Sharing Economy Terms of Service Uber

Democratic lawmakers urge adoption of CFPB arbitration proposal

A total of 102 Democratic lawmakers, consisting of 37 Democratic Senators joined by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and 65 House members, have signed on to letters sent to Director Cordray expressing support for the CFPB’s...more

8/5/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Comment Period Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Service Contracts

Arbitrator, Not Court, Decides If Arbitration Agreement Allows Class Arbitration, California Supreme Court Rules

A divided California Supreme Court has held that an arbitrator, rather than a court, should determine whether an arbitration clause in an employment agreement allows employees to bring their claims in arbitration on a...more

8/4/2016 - Appeals Arbitration CA Supreme Court Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Employment Discrimination Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Race Discrimination

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

6/20/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Department of Education Federal Arbitration Act Higher Education Act Student Loans Title IV

High Praise for WSJ Editorial, with a Small Caveat

A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal is a “must read” for those who will be affected if the CFPB’s May 5, 2016 proposed rule banning class action waivers in consumer financial services arbitration agreements becomes...more

5/23/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Service Contracts Wall Street Journal

CFPB Issues Proposed Regulations To Prohibit Class Action Waivers in Consumer Arbitration Agreements

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced at a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that it is proposing regulations that would prohibit covered providers of certain consumer financial products...more

5/6/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Dodd-Frank Federal Arbitration Act Financial Services Industry Service Contracts

Chamber of Commerce suggests issues for CFPB to address at May 5 arbitration field hearing

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness has sent a letter to Director Cordray suggesting a series of issues for Mr. Cordray to address in his prepared remarks at the CFPB’s field hearing on...more

5/3/2016 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Capital Markets CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Financial Services Industry Richard Cordray SBREFA Service Contracts

CFPB to hold May 5 field hearing on arbitration

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico about arbitration on May 5, 2016.  We expect the field hearing to coincide with the release of the CFPB’s proposed rule on the use of...more

4/21/2016 - Arbitration Banking Sector CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Dodd-Frank Financial Services Industry SBREFA

Director Cordray signals no change in direction regarding arbitration

At a presentation on February 18, 2016 to the American Constitution Society, CFPB Director Richard Cordray devoted most of his remarks to the subject of consumer arbitration. Director Cordray revealed that the effect on...more

2/22/2016 - Arbitration CFPB Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Financial Products Financial Services Industry Richard Cordray

New York Times article omits critical pro-arbitration facts

An article on consumer arbitration in this week’s Sunday New York Times concludes that “[b]y inserting individual arbitration clauses into a soaring number of consumer and employment contracts, companies… devised a way to...more

11/3/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Banking Sector Banks CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Financial Contracts Federal Arbitration Act Financial Institutions New York Times

Update on arbitration SBREFA panel

The CFPB has now taken two more significant steps towards issuing a proposed arbitration rule. On October 20, 2015, the CFPB convened its Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel to review the...more

10/30/2015 - Arbitration Banking Sector Banks CFPB Class Action Arbitration Waivers Financial Institutions OMB Regulatory Standards SBREFA Small Business

Our thoughts on Director Cordray’s arbitration comments to the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board

In his remarks today to the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board, Director Cordray denigrated arbitration agreements as a “free pass” that allows companies to “sidestep the legal system, avoid big refunds, and continue to pursue...more

10/23/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Financial Products Financial Institutions

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