Washington, D.C. - Nearly 125 consumer advocates from around the country will meet with their members of Congress on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 as part of Consumer Justice Lobby Day, sponsored by the National Consumer Law Center and the National Association of Consumer Advocates.
Among other issues, advocates will focus on:
Forced arbitration: Last month, Congress blocked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule that would have stopped financial giants like Wells Fargo and Equifax from preventing people who were cheated from joining together to have their day in court. The fight over the rule and the outrage over Congress’s action have galvanized people to push for reform.“Congress should pass the Arbitration Fairness Act that would bar big business from using fine-print contracts to strip consumers, workers and small businesses of their day in court, said Ira Rheingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates. “The public court system should be available to all, including consumers cheated by big banks and payday lenders, employees sexually harassed at work, students defrauded by for-profit schools, older Americans mistreated at nursing homes, or small businesses undermined by unfair competition tactics.”