On May 5, the CFPB released a proposed rule to bar the use of forced arbitration clauses that prohibit customers from participating in class actions. Because it is not proposing to eliminate forced arbitration clauses outright, the proposed rule also requires companies to report information to the Bureau on individual, non-class disputes forced into arbitration. The CFPB’s proposal will potentially restore remedies for millions of consumers. The CFPB is accepting comments for 90 days from its publication in the Federal Register. . NACA needs your help to ensure that your clients’ stories and experiences are included. This webinar will provide an overview of the proposed rule’s requirements to help you determine its potential applicability to your cases and will recommend approaches on how to provide much-needed feedback and support to the CFPB. .
What You Will Learn
• How specific sections in the rule will influence your cases
• What types of cases would be covered (and not covered) in the proposed rule
• How to apply this proposed rule within a broader political landscape
• How to comment effectively on this proposed rule using stories of forced arbitration’s impact on your clients
F. Paul Bland, Jr. is Executive Director of Public Justice, overseeing its docket of consumer, environmental and civil rights cases. He has argued or co-argued and won more than 25 reported decisions from federal and state courts across the nation, including cases in six of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and at least one victory in nine different state high courts. He has been counsel in cases which have obtained injunctive or cash relief of more than $1 billion for consumers. He was named the “Vern Countryman” Award winner in 2006 by the National Consumer Law Center, which “honors the accomplishments of an exceptional consumer attorney who, through the practice of consumer law, has contributed significantly to the well being of vulnerable consumers.” In 2013, he received the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s “Legal Champion” award. In 2010, he received the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s “Champion of Justice” Award. In the late 1980s, he was Chief Nominations Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1986, and Georgetown University in 1983.
Karla Gilbride is a staff attorney at Public Justice. She previously was an associate at Mehri & Skalet PLLC, where she worked on wage and hour, and employment discrimination cases, as well as consumer class actions and cases brought under the Fair Housing Act. Before coming to Mehri & Skalet, Karla worked at Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, Calif., where she brought class actions on behalf of blind computer users seeking equal access to websites and Los Angeles residents seeking inclusion of people with disabilities in the county’s emergency plans. Karla graduated with honors from Georgetown Law in 2007 and clerked for Judge Ronald Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College with highest honors in 2002 with a major in linguistics and minor in psychology.
Christine Hines is Legislative Director at the National Association of Consumer Advocates. She advocates before Congress and federal administrative agencies on consumer protection, including consumer financial services and access to justice. Before joining NACA, Christine was Consumer and Civil Justice Counsel at Public Citizen, where she spent seven years advocating to improve consumer product safety and individuals' access to court. Before Public Citizen, she was a writer and editor for various legal publications. She began her career practicing business litigation at a South Florida law firm. Christine received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in political science from the American University.