CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Fails to Deliver for Consumers

July 10, 2017
Bobby Grant

The average consumer receives $5,400 in cash relief when using arbitration; $32 through a class action suit

Washington, D.C. – Richard Hunt, President and CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), released the following statement in response to the issuance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) final arbitration rule.

“Arbitration has long provided a faster, better, and more cost-effective means of addressing consumer disputes than litigation or class action lawsuits. The CFPB’s own study shows the average consumer receives $5,400 in cash relief when using arbitration and just $32 through a class action suit. The real benefactors of the CFPB’s arbitration rule are not consumers, but trial lawyers who pocket over $1 million on average per class action lawsuit. By only using fuzzy math is the CFPB able to interpret these figures as favorable to consumers. Given the longstanding benefits of arbitration, we encourage Congress to move swiftly and overturn this anti-consumer rule,” said CBA President & CEO Richard Hunt

BACKGROUND

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The Consumer Bankers Association represents America’s retail banks above $10 billion in assets. We advance legislation and promote policies geared toward creating a stronger industry and economy. Established in 1919, CBA’s corporate member institutions account for 1.6 million jobs in America, extend roughly $3 trillion in consumer loans, and provide $270 billion in small business loans. Follow us on Twitter @consumerbankers.