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New CFPB Rule Prohibits Class Action Waivers

July 17, 2017

Authors

Jed White, Alfred Shaumyan and Douglas Thompson

New CFPB Rule Prohibits Class Action Waivers

July 17, 2017

by: Jed White, Alfred Shaumyan and Douglas Thompson

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a rule prohibiting class action waivers in certain pre-dispute arbitration agreements. The rule drastically impacts arbitration clauses currently used by many financial products and services providers in their consumer agreements.

The rule has three main components. First, the rule prohibits providers from using a

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Speculation Abounds on CFPB’s Next Step on Arbitration Clauses

April 7, 2015

Authors

Seyi Iwarere

Speculation Abounds on CFPB’s Next Step on Arbitration Clauses

April 7, 2015

by: Seyi Iwarere

You might have seen it this March in the New York Times: an article about American troops having their vehicles repossessed by auto lenders while on active duty, and the troops being unable to fight repossession in court because of mandatory arbitration clauses  in their lending contracts.

The poignant story on vets and car repossession is just one piece in the ongoing discussion about what actions the CFPB will take regarding provisions in consumer contracts limiting the consumer to arbitration in the event of a future dispute, referred to as “pre-dispute arbitration clauses.” Under Section 1028 of Dodd-Frank, the

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11th Circuit Upholds Deposit Agreement Arbitration Provision

May 2, 2012

Authors

Jerry Blanchard

11th Circuit Upholds Deposit Agreement Arbitration Provision

May 2, 2012

by: Jerry Blanchard

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit rendered an important decision on March 5, 2012, addressing the enforceability of binding arbitration provisions in consumer deposit agreements. The case began when Lawrence and Pamela Hough brought suit against Regions Bank for allegedly violating federal and state law by collecting overdraft charges under its deposit agreement. The deposit agreement contained an arbitration provision and Regions moved to compel arbitration. The federal district court hearing the case denied the motion to compel on the ground that the arbitration clause was substantively unconscionable because it contained a class action waiver.

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