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Court Finds Confidentiality Provision In Arbitration Agreement Unconscionable, Compels Consumer Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit has determined that a confidentiality provision in an arbitration clause was substantively unconscionable. The case involved a putative class action by David Johnson alleging that KeyBank National...more

CFPB to Remove Arbitration Rule from CFR

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB is scheduled to publish a notice in tomorrow’s Federal Register removing the agency’s final arbitration rule from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). ...more

CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Dies at Hands of Senate and President

by Goodwin on

Three months after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on July 25, 2017 to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Arbitration Rule, the U.S. Senate followed suit. On October 24, 2017, the Senate passed a...more

District Of Colorado Affirms FINRA Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court affirmed a FINRA arbitration award, despite a cross-motion to vacate the award on the bases of alleged panel misconduct; exceeding its powers; manifest disregard of the law; and that the award did not...more

Third party debt orders and letters of credit

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Supreme Court decided that the legal ‘location’ (situs) of a debt due under a letter of credit is the place of residence of the debtor, not where the debt is due to be paid. The decision opens the door for third party...more

Breaking Insights: U.S. Senate Disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Rule

U.S. Senate disapproves Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule prohibiting arbitration clauses in consumer contracts with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote....more

Pivot to Arbitration: China Embraces Arbitration to Promote Investment

In the past several months, China has adopted new arbitration rules and unveiled a new arbitration center to help resolve the inevitable international disputes arising from the development of The Silk Road Economic Belt and...more

How the Arbitration Clause Got Its Groove Back

Though initially celebrated by many, the overturning of the CFPB’s arbitration rule could mean problems down the road for the financial services industry. The CFPB’s rule restricting arbitration clauses has been undone by...more

Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause By Financial Advisor

by Winstead PC on

In Steer Wealth Mgmt., LLC v. Denson, Denson, in her individual capacity and as executor of her husband’s estate, sued Steer Wealth Management, LLC, for causes of action including breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - CFPB Outlines Principles for Consumer-Authorized Financial Data Sharing and Aggregation. How companies share consumer data, and how much they tell consumers about their information sharing practices, has...more

Senate Republicans Sink Controversial CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule: Lessons Learned for the CFPB

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This post describes the recent move in Congress to rescind the CFPB rule, and what this means for the CFPB and the financial services industry going forward. On October 24th, the Senate voted 51-50 to overturn the Consumer...more

Congress Saves Consumer Arbitration

by Ifrah PLLC on

In July 2017, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“CPFB”) announced a new rule broadly barring arbitration provisions in a wide swath of consumer contracts. See 12 CFR part 1040. To go into effect next Spring, the...more

Senate Nullifies Arbitration Rule in Huge Setback to CFPB

by Reed Smith on

Late Tuesday evening the Senate voted to nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) controversial Arbitration Agreements Rule (“Rule”). All but two Senate Republicans supported a resolution to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A federal jury in Brooklyn has found former HSBC Holdings exec Mark Johnson guilty on 9 counts of front-running that grew out of the DOJ’s investigation into forex manipulation at HSBC....more

Treasury Department Report Eviscerates CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a scathing report released yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury concludes that the CFPB’s final arbitration rule “failed to meaningfully evaluate whether prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer...more

Finance Industry Seeks to Preliminarily Enjoin CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an important development in the federal court lawsuit by industry groups seeking to overturn the CFPB’s arbitration rule, the plaintiffs recently filed a motion for a preliminary injunction. ...more

Bank Compels Arbitration of Overdraft Class Action

Reversing a Florida district court action, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit agreed with a national bank that a class action challenging overdraft fees should be moved to arbitration....more

How does Last Best Offer Interest Arbitration Work When The State Has Not Adopted Its Budget?

According to the State Department of Education, approximately 100 Connecticut school districts are scheduled to engage in negotiations with teacher and/or administrator bargaining units by the end of December, 2017. As those...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Challenges CFPB Rule Immunizing Class Actions from Arbitration Clauses

by Goodwin on

On September 29, 2017, the United States Chamber of Commerce and various business and financial services groups (collectively, Plaintiffs) filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the United States District...more

Judge Fitzwater Assigned to Hear Industry Suit to Block CFPB Arbitration Rule is Experienced and Well-Respected

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we’ve mentioned, the finance industry recently filed suit to overturn the CFPB’s arbitration rule in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Shortly after the case was filed, it was assigned to...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Arbitration Clause in Employee Handbook Requires Participant to Arbitrate Fiduciary Breach Claims Against Investment Advisor - Cooper v. Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2017) - In a major victory for an...more

What is the deadline for the Senate to pass a CRA resolution to override the CFPB’s arbitration rule?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite the filing of a lawsuit last Friday by a number of industry trade groups seeking to block implementation of the CFPB’s arbitration rule, we remain hopeful that the Senate will pass a resolution of disapproval under...more

Courts Lose Jurisdiction To Vacate Arbitration Award After Three Months

The Nebraska Supreme Court recently had the unenviable task of determining whether the three month time period that the FAA provides for vacating an arbitration award is a statute of limitation (subject to tolling) or is...more

California Bill Would Ban Arbitration in Fraudulent Bank Contracts

In the wake of a scandal involving a national bank that allegedly opened millions of accounts without the consent of consumers, the California legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit the application of mandatory...more

Finance Industry Files Lawsuit to Overturn CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association, Financial Services Roundtable, American Financial Services Association, Texas Association of Business, Texas Bankers Association,...more

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