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For Immediate Release
July 20, 2017
​ABA Media Contact: Jeff Sigmund
(202) 663-5439
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ABA Applauds Congressional Efforts to Overturn Arbitration Rule

By Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO

     “We applaud Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Rep. Keith Rothfus, and members of the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees for putting consumers first, and taking the first steps to overturn the CFPB’s misguided arbitration rule.
     “In moving forward with the rule, the CFPB chose to ignore the results of its own study – which found that consumers fare far better in arbitration – and instead promote class action lawsuits designed to benefit trial lawyers at consumers’ expense. The CFPB’s study found that consumers receive nothing at all in nearly nine out of 10 class action lawsuits, while people who prevail in arbitration receive $5,389 on average compared to just $32.35 in litigation.
     “In reality, the vast majority of disputes get resolved quickly and amicably without the need for arbitration or legal action. If arbitration disappears, the Bureau will force consumers to navigate an already overcrowded legal system where the only winners will be trial lawyers. We think our customers deserve better, and we urge lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to overturn this anti-consumer rule as soon as possible.”
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