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STATEMENT: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Is Bad for Nursing Home Patients

May 16th, 2017

By: Amanda Werner

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided Kindred Nursing Centers L.P. v. Clark, ruling that nursing homes can continue to force patients to arbitrate even when the patients never specifically gave their family members the power to agree to arbitration on their behalf. “Forced arbitration is an abusive practice that has been imposed on consumers

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FAN Coalition Urges the House to Reject Legislation Stripping Federal Agencies of Authority to Restrict Forced Arbitration

May 4th, 2017

By: Amanda Werner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2017 CONTACTS: Amanda Werner, Americans for Financial Reform & Public Citizen, awerner@ourfinancialsecurity.org Christine Hines, National Association of Consumer Advocates, christine@consumeradvocates.org Jan Kruse, National Consumer Law Center, jkruse@nclc.org Sarah Jones, American Association for Justice, sarah.jones@justice.org   Fair Arbitration Now Coalition Urges the House to Reject Legislation Stripping Federal Agencies of Authority

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RELEASE: Wells Fargo Settlement Highlights Importance of Class Actions, Dangers of Forced Arbitration

March 29th, 2017

By: Amanda Werner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2017 CONTACTS: Jan Kruse, National Consumer Law Center, jkruse@nclc.org Christine Hines, National Association of Consumer Advocates, christine@consumeradvocates.org Laurie Kinney, Alliance for Justice, laurie.kinney@afj.org Sarah Jones, American Association for Justice, sarah.jones@justice.org Amanda Werner, Public Citizen, awerner@ourfinancialsecurity.org   Wells Fargo Settlement Highlights Importance of Class Actions, Dangers of Forced Arbitration This week’s announcement of

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Ahead of CFPB Rule, Congress Prepares for a Showdown over the Future of Forced Arbitration and Consumer Class Actions

March 17th, 2017

By: Amanda Werner

Image credit: Johnny Silvercloud (CC BY-SA 2.0) Last week, lawmakers laid the groundwork for a battle over consumer rights and forced arbitration that likely will play out through the spring. First, congressional Democrats introduced several bills to restore consumers’ right to hold corporations accountable in court for wrongdoing. Led by U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), lawmakers

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Faces of Forced Arbitration

March 7th, 2017

By: Amanda Werner

Stories of consumers harmed by forced arbitration in financial services contracts. Photo credit: Juli Shannon (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) This afternoon, lawmakers introduced several pieces of legislation to curb the growing use of “ripoff clauses” and ensure harmed consumers, service members, students, and workers have a right to fight back in court against corporate wrongdoing. Known

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