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Commercial Division Partially Vacates ICC Arbitration Award in Artificial Sweetener Dispute

Justice Charles Ramos of the New York Commercial Division partially vacated an International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) arbitration award in a major legal battle between artificial sweetener giants NutraSweet and Daesang. ...more

Arbitration Clauses Extending to Non-Signatory Affiliates: Are They Enforceable?

A recent decision of the New Jersey Court of Appeals considered the enforceability of arbitration agreements by non-signatories. In Foti v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., the plaintiff filed a putative class action...more

California’s Supreme Court Holds Arbitration Clauses Cannot Waive Public Injunctive Relief

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In what will likely result in a certiorari petition, the Supreme Court of California unanimously ruled that consumers cannot contractually waive their right to pursue public injunctive relief through a pre-dispute arbitration...more

In California, The Statutory Right To Seek Public Injunctive Relief Is Unwaivable

On April 6, 2017, in the matter Sharon McGill v. Citibank, N.A., the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that an arbitration agreement that waives a statutory right to seek public injunctive relief in any forum, is...more

Dancing On Their Own: The California Supreme Court’s Decision in McGill v. Citibank, N.A. that Class Action Waivers Do Not Apply...

On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court struck another blow in its contentious battle with the United States Supreme Court on the enforceability of consumer arbitration clauses subject to the Federal Arbitration Act...more

Blood in the Water: Courts Evaluate Standing in Three Recent TCCWNA Class Actions

The rising tide of class actions alleging violations of New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA, pronounced “tic-wun-uh”) has been a cause of concern for companies advertising and selling to...more

Rutgers Law School arbitration symposium will feature one-sided panel

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education and Rutgers University Law Review will sponsor an all-day symposium entitled: “Resolving the Arbitration Dispute in Today’s Legal Landscape.” One of the four...more

Consumer advocates are split on whether Director Cordray should finalize arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, during “The CFPB Speaks” panel I moderated that was part of the Practicing Law Institute’s 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Manhattan, Diane Thompson, Deputy Assistant Director of the CFPB’s...more

Presentation Matters When Seeking to Compel Arbitration in Consumer Class Actions

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A pair of recent opinions proves that when it comes to compelling arbitration in a consumer class action, presentation of the arbitration clause may matter more than favorable Supreme Court precedent. First, in Norcia v....more

Sixth Circuit Denies Arbitration in TCPA Class Action for Calls to Past Customers

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Phone calls made by a lawn care company after the termination of a customer's contract were beyond the scope of the parties' agreement to arbitrate any claim "arising from or relating to" their contract, the U.S. Court of...more

Fate of House bill to change class action procedures could be barometer for CFPB arbitration rule

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On February 9, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-12 passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, a bill that would make significant changes to the procedures for class actions in federal...more

Director Cordray responds to questions on proposed arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Director Cordray has sent a letter to Senator Jeff Flake responding to a series of questions posed by the Senator on the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule. The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August 22, 2016. ...more

Circuit Court Gives Red Light to TruGreen’s Motion to Compel Arbitration

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The Sixth Circuit recently reversed a decision by the District Court for the Western District of Tennessee ordering arbitration in a putative class action lawsuit. Plaintiff brought a lawsuit against her lawn care services...more

NAIC Draws Line In CFPB Sand Box

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has taken a firm stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban of “mandatory arbitration” clauses that make financial product consumers waive their right...more

NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has taken a firm stance on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban on "mandatory arbitration" clauses that make financial product consumers waive their right...more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

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

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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

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

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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

Eleventh Circuit Invalidates Another Western Sky Arbitration Clause

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On August 29, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit upheld a Northern District of Georgia decision invalidating an arbitration clause in Jessica Parm v. National Bank of California, N.A. (Docket No. 15-12509). Defendant National Bank...more

CFPB and Banks Battle Over Arbitration Clauses, Class Actions

After the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 authorized its creation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began operating on July 21, 2011. In the more than five years since it...more

Trade groups comment on CFPB arbitration proposal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Rule Prompts Thousands of Comments

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The comment period for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s proposed arbitration rulemaking ended on Monday, and the Bureau received nearly 11,000 comments both strongly supporting and opposing the proposed rule....more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

House defeats amendment to 2017 appropriations bill striking requirements for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

By a vote of 236-181, the House of Representatives rejected an amendment offered by two Democratic Congressman to H.R. 5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which covers appropriations for...more

Democratic lawmakers urge adoption of CFPB arbitration proposal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

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