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Class Action Arbitration Agreements

A class action is a type of legal action where a representative individual or group of individuals can bring a claim on behalf of a larger group or class who share a common legal interest.

Consumer Financial Services Arbitration: Another Perspective

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Much has been said and written about Congress’ rejection of the CFPB proposal to ban class action waivers in arbitration agreements between consumers and financial services companies. One of the most frequent statements I...more

CFPB Finally Acknowledges Arbitration Rule “Has No Force or Effect”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two weeks after President Trump signed H.J. Res. 111, the joint resolution passed by the House and Senate disapproving the CFPB arbitration rule, the CFPB has formally acknowledged Congress’ override of the rule under the...more

Arbitration Provision TKOs Class Action Lawsuit by Online Viewer of Mayweather/McGregor Fight

Boxing fan Victor Mallh, attempting to take a class action swing at Showtime Networks for failures in its livestream broadcast of the Mayweather/McGregor fight in August of this year, will have to pursue his claim in...more

Director Cordray criticizes CRA override of CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a blog post last week, we noted that there had been no official statement from the CFPB about Congress’ override of the CFPB’s arbitration rule, which President Trump signed on November 1....more

When will the CFPB formally acknowledge that Congress has repealed its arbitration rule?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday marks one week since President Trump signed H.J. Res. 111, the joint resolution passed by the House and Senate disapproving the CFPB arbitration rule....more

Ninth Circuit Snubs Stolt-Nielsen, Holds Generic Employee Arbitration Agreement Permits Class-wide Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

After an employer allegedly released personally identifiable information of its employees as the result of a phishing scam, plaintiff employee filed a putative class action lawsuit, alleging claims including negligence,...more

Another One Bites the Dust - the President Kills the CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pursuant to the the Congressional Review Act, President Trump officially repealed the CFPB Arbitration Rule. As expected, President Trump signed the resolution to repeal the arbitration rule proposed...more

Oral Arguments Heard by the Supreme Court on Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In July, we reported that the Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments to settle the circuit split of whether mandatory class action waivers violate section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). Last month, both...more

No Treat For CFPB: Trump, Congress Override Rule On Class Action Waivers

by Carlton Fields on

On November 1, President Trump signed legislation disapproving a CFPB rule designed to prohibit class action waivers in certain consumer financial services contracts. In so doing, Trump rejected a last minute personal appeal...more

CFPB Arbitration Rule Eliminated by Congress and President

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On November 1, President Trump formally did away with a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) arbitration rule that would have given consumers the opportunity to file class actions against banks and other companies in...more

Finance industry groups file dismissal notice in lawsuit seeking to overturn CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by industry groups in a Texas federal district court against the CFPB to overturn the final arbitration rule have filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal....more

Update: President Trump Sticks a Knife in the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

Key Takeaway: For now, pre-dispute arbitration clauses with class action waivers are safe. On November 1, President Trump abrogated a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule that would have given consumers the...more

Is Canada Ready for Class Arbitration?

by Dentons on

Many consumer agreements in Canada contain arbitration clauses that require any dispute arising from the consumer transaction to be determined by way of private arbitration. These clauses often also preclude any form of class...more

President Trump signs CFPB arbitration rule override

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 111, the joint resolution passed by the House and Senate disapproving the CFPB arbitration rule. The House and Senate actions were taken pursuant to the Congressional Review Act...more

Congress Overturns CFPB Arbitration Rule

by BakerHostetler on

On the afternoon of Nov. 1, President Donald J. Trump signed H.J. Res. 111, completing the process under the Congressional Review Act to disapprove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s Consumer Arbitration Rule...more

Reversal of Fortune: Congress Strikes Down CFPB Arbitration Rule Banning Class Action Waivers

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

U.S. businesses have the good fortune to be on the receiving end of a favorable U.S. Senate vote nullifying the hotly-contested Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule banning class action waivers in certain consumer...more

Cordray’s Letter to President Trump Distorts Impact of Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

CFPB Director Richard Cordray yesterday sent a letter to President Trump asking him to uphold the Bureau’s arbitration rule even though the Senate recently joined the House in authorizing a repeal of the rule under the...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

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 2017

by Burr & Forman on

After months of wrangling, the U.S. Senate voted to pass substantive and impactful legislation on Tuesday evening regarding the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Please see full E-Note for more information....more

Behavioral Advertising Company That Dropped “Zombie” Cookies Can’t Use Verizon’s Arbitration Clause To Avoid Class Action Lawsuit

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a non-party online behavioral advertising firm could not benefit from the arbitration clause in the agreement between Verizon and its customers because it was not a party to that...more

Congressional Override Offers Industry Reprieve from CFPB Arbitration Rule but Battles Ahead Still Likely

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, the Senate voted 51 to 50 (with Vice President Pence casting the tiebreaking vote) to override the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Arbitration Rule, which was finalized earlier this year in July. As...more

Congress Disapproves The CFPB’s Anti-Class Action Arbitration Waiver Rule

by Carlton Fields on

Congress has adopted a joint resolution of disapproval of the CFPB’s arbitration rule under the Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 801 et seq.  President Trump’s approval of the joint resolution will prevent the...more

Vice President Casts Deciding Vote to Overturn CFPB’s Proposed Arbitration Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Financial institutions can maintain the status quo of their pre-dispute resolution clauses in consumer contracts because Senate voted against CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule....more

Following Razor-Thin Senate Vote, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fails in Effort to Outlaw Class Action-Killing...

On October 24, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution disapproving the Arbitration Agreements Final Rule (“Rule”) enacted earlier this year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). The Rule sought to prohibit...more

Consumer Data Breach: Equifax and Arbitration

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The latest large consumer data breach, this time involving Equifax, has also shed a sharp light on an ongoing controversy about consumers’ access to justice. In taking steps to ameliorate its PR crisis, Equifax found itself...more

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