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Arbitration has been used as an alternative to litigation as a method of amicably resolving disputes for over 80 years. In many cases, arbitration has benefited consumers by providing quicker and less expensive alternatives to litigation. Also, consumers with low value claims tend to benefit from the arbitration process, as attorneys are more reluctant to represent consumers that have low value claims. CBA believes arbitration can be a less costly and more effective method of dispute resolution for consumers and businesses, and attempts to ban pre-dispute arbitration are potentially harmful to consumers and may result in increased costs to consumers and unnecessary delay in deciding controversies arising from disputes. CBA believes arbitration is a meaningful and effective process for consumers and businesses to resolve disputes, and CBA is committed to efforts to oppose anti-arbitration legislation.
- October 2, 2017The latest attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ’s arbitration rule comes from the finance industry, with several finance groups and chambers of commerce filing a lawsuit challenging the rule. According to a Ballard Spahr blog on the lawsuit by Mark Levin and Alan Kaplinsky, the lawsuit seeks to stay the implementation of the arbitration rule. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce , American...
- September 15, 2017Preserve Arbitration: A Cost-Effective Alternative to Litigation How do consumers resolve disputes? Overwhelmingly, disputes between consumers and companies are resolved through informal channels and do not elevate to formal proceedings. Companies have strong incentives to maintain deep, well-informed, mutually satisfactory relationships with customers. Disputes rise to the level of a formal...August 25, 2017Director Cordray: Time to Decide It is well past time Director Richard Cordray clarify his intentions to run for public office as the speculation has become a distraction and now casts a shadow over the impartiality of the CFPB. We need to have stability at the CFPB. The current limbo – will he or won't he? – is just the latest reason why a Senate-confirmed, bipartisan commission must be...August 4, 2017CBA Executive Banking School Class of 2017, Top Student Honored The future of retail banking looks bright with CBA Executive Banking School’s Class of 2017 carrying the torch, and I am proud to congratulate our graduates on their accomplishments. Our school is devoted to the idea that a successful banker is one who understands how to operate a bank from the ground up. After three years of...July 28, 2017CBA Executive Banking School is in Full Swing CBA’s 66th session of Executive Banking School is off and running! This week, nearly 300 students joined us at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. to hone their retail banking skills. Thank you to Dennis Devine , CBA Board Member and Co-President of Key Community Bank, Kelly King , President and CEO of BB&T Bank, and our distinguished faculty...July 27, 2017The House passed a resolution July 25 that would invalidate a recently adopted Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule to prohibit financial firms from steering consumers into mandatory arbitration to resolve disputes. H.J.Res. 111, sponsored by Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.), passed the chamber in a 231-190 vote. A similar resolution has been introduced in the Senate, where it can be passed under...July 27, 2017DINGING CFPB, NOT EASY AS 1-2-3 — The House voted along party lines Tuesday to strike down a landmark rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but the real fight begins in the Senate. The debate over the rule, which bars the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts with financial firms, is the first real battle over CFPB in a Republican-controlled Congress, setting...July 27, 2017The House voted Tuesday to repeal a controversial new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would have protected consumers’ rights to sue banks in class-action lawsuits. Lawmakers voted 231-190 to repeal the rule using the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to eliminate regulations within 60 days of their release and bars agencies from issuing similar...July 27, 2017Now it’s the Senate’s turn. The House approved resolution on Tuesday leveraging authority provided under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to stop the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s final rule prohibiting the use of class action waivers in arbitration clauses. Despite all House Democrats and one Republican voting against H.J. Res 111, the resolution cleared the chamber by a vote of 231-...July 25, 2017Trial attorneys receive over $1 million on average per class action lawsuit; average consumer receives $32 in cash recoveries Washington, D.C. – Richard Hunt, President and CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), released the following statement following House passage of a resolution overturning the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule. “Today’s House vote is a...