Arbitration Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties... more +
Arbitration is a widely-used method for settling disputes between parties. During arbitration, parties submit their dispute to an impartial third person or party, usually chosen by the parties. Typically, parties to arbitration agree in advance to be bound by the arbitrator's decision. Arbitration is an alternative to litigation, but it shares many of the familiar features of litigation. Namely, parties to arbitration hold hearings before neutral decision-makers, present evidence and argue the merits of their position. Parties often choose arbitration due to its perceived advantages over litigation. Those perceived advantages include greater efficiency and flexibility, and lower costs. less -
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CFPB Proposes Banning Use of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Consumer Class Actions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced today that it is considering rules prohibiting application of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to class litigation involving certain consumer financial...more

No Surprise Here—CFPB Proposes to Significantly Curtail Arbitration Agreements

On October 7, 2015, the CFPB announced its proposals regarding arbitration agreements in consumer financial product contracts. In a move that has plaintiffs’ class action lawyers cheering, the CFPB proposes to require...more

Director Corday testifies before House Committee on Financial Services

On Wednesday, September 29, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Committee on Financial Services to answer questions regarding the Bureau’s activities since March. Director Cordray used his introductory...more

CFPB Sets Date for Second Field Hearing on Arbitration

On September 22, via blog post, the CFPB announced that it will host its second field hearing addressing pre-dispute arbitration agreements in various consumer financial contracts. Scheduled for October 7, 2015, the hearing...more

Flaws and All, CFPB's Arbitration Study Sparks Vigorous Debate over Next Steps in Regulating Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

As expected, the reaction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) arbitration study report, released in March 2015, has been vociferous. All sides of this important debate are loudly proclaiming that their...more

CFPB schedules October 7 field hearing on arbitration; Alan Kaplinsky to represent industry

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing about arbitration in Denver, Colorado on October 7, 2015 and has asked Alan Kaplinsky, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, to...more

Setting the Record Straighter

Recently, Professor Jeff Sovern sent an email to the editor of the Consumer Financial Services Law Report commenting on an article we published in the August 9, 2015 issue of the Report titled, “CFPB Makes Consumer...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2015

BELTWAY - Straight Out of the Seventh Circuit The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the SEC cannot be sued in district court to stop it from bringing an administrative action. Bebo v. SEC, No....more

Noted Scholars Critique the CFPB’s Arbitration Study and Find It Lacking

We have previously blogged about the comment letter concerning the CFPB’s March 10, 2015 Study on consumer arbitration that we submitted to the CFPB on behalf of the American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers...more

CFPB Arbitration Study May Be First Step in Unlocking Floodgates of Consumer Class-Actions

Banks already looking over one shoulder to maintain compliance with regulatory reforms coming at them from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act may soon need to start looking over the other. Class...more

Professor Sovern’s comments about CFPB arbitration study numbers don’t add up

In a recent blog post, Professor Jeff Sovern responded to our blog post indicating that the CFPB’s March 10, 2014 Arbitration Study strongly supports the industry’s view that consumers fare better in arbitration than...more

CFPB’s Corday Reiterates Intent to Pursue Rulemaking on Consumer Arbitration Clauses, Despite Opposition

In testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs on July 15, CFPB Director Richard Cordray affirmed the Bureau’s intention to proceed with rulemaking governing arbitration clauses in consumer...more

Director Cordray appears before Senate Banking Committee

On Wednesday, July 15, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs to answer questions regarding the Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress and the President, which...more

Trade groups comment on CFPB final arbitration study results

The American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association and The Financial Services Roundtable (Associations) have filed a joint letter commenting on the final results of the CFPB’s arbitration study released in...more

U.S. House Appropriations Committee Approves Amendment to Delay CFPB Arbitration Rule

On June 17, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that would require the CFPB to conduct a peer-reviewed cost-benefit analysis of the use of arbitration agreements prior to issuing a final rule....more

New empirical study of AAA arbitrations is a study in contradictions

A new empirical study of approximately 5,000 American Arbitration Association (AAA) consumer arbitrations conducted between 2009 and 2013 purports to find a “repeat player” effect favoring companies that previous researchers,...more

Lawmakers urge CFPB to reopen arbitration study

A group of more than 80 House and Senate Republicans have sent a letter to Director Cordray asking the CFPB to reopen its arbitration study. The CFPB released the final results of its empirical study of consumer arbitration...more

House appropriations amendment would create new requirements for CFPB arbitration rule

According to a Politico report, the House Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to the FY 2016 Financial Services Appropriations bill that would impose new requirements on the CFPB before it can issue a rule...more

Still Threatened: Arbitration Clauses in Securities Customer Agreements

In a report to Congress released in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes aim at consumer agreements that require disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The CFPB generally does not have...more

CFPB Report Likely Precursor to Regulatory Limits on Mandatory Arbitration Provisions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a study in March 2015 criticizing the use of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements in financial contracts with consumers. As expected, the CFPB found...more

A Modest Proposal: Change the Name of Arbitration

Arbitration has a brand recognition problem. Not enough people know what it is. The recent CFPB report summarized studies showing that even among consumers who know they have an arbitration clause, the majority do not...more

With Rule-Making Expected, CFPB’s March 2015 Arbitration Study Continues to Draw Attention

In a recent letter, 58 members of Congress asked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to exercise its rule-making authority and ban mandatory arbitration provisions in consumer financial agreements. In support of...more

Trade groups urge CFPB to solicit public comments on arbitration study

Five leading financial services industry trade groups have sent a letter to the CFPB urging it to solicit public comments on the final results of its arbitration study before deciding whether to initiate a rulemaking...more

58 members of Congress urge CFPB to ban consumer arbitration

Senator Al Franken and 57 other members of Congress signed a letter sent to Director Cordray last week urging the CFPB “to move forward quickly to use its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to issue strong rules to prohibit...more

Pew continues call for checking account arbitration ban and overdraft limits

In its latest report evaluating the checking account practices of the nation’s largest banks, the Pew Charitable Trusts continues to press the CFPB to write new overdraft and other rules for checking accounts. Pew’s new...more

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