CBA Joint Comment Letter Opposing H.R. 963, "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act"

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

We, the undersigned associations, urge you to oppose H.R. 963, the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act,” which would effectively ban arbitration provisions in private contracts. Federal law has protected arbitration as a means of resolving disputes between businesses, consumers, and employees since 1925. Should it become law, this bill would not benefit claimants and would instead produce more class action lawsuits to the benefit of the lawyers who bring them.

The use of pre-dispute arbitration clauses in contracts benefits consumers, small businesses, and employees. For example, recent studies have found that employees and consumers prevailed more often, recovered more money, and resolved their claims more quickly in arbitration than in litigation.1 In addition, courts work to ensure that arbitration agreements of all types are fair and do not provide an advantage to any party.

The only clear beneficiaries of broadly eliminating cost-effective and fair arbitration as a viable way to resolve disputes are class action lawyers, who would directly benefit from increased class action litigation. Studies have shown that class action settlements frequently provide, at best, a very low return to class members while class action attorneys take in millions of dollars. Their gain would come at the expense of consumers, small businesses, and employees, many of whom are not even eligible to participate in class action litigation. In addition, because their claims are too small to attract individual legal representation, they would be left without a remedy altogether if arbitration were eliminated.

Accordingly, we urge you to vote NO on H.R. 963.

Sincerely,

National

ACA International
American Bankers Association
American Financial Services Association
American International Automobile Dealers Association
American Property Casualty Insurance Association
American Tort Reform Association
American Transaction Processors Coalition
Consumer Bankers Association
Consumer Data Industry Association
CTIA
Electronic Transactions Association
FMI - the Food Industry Association
HR Policy Association
Independent Community Bankers of America
Innovative Payments Association
National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
National Restaurant Association
National Retail Federation
Real Estate Services Providers Council, Inc.
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
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