For most of 2017, the Trump Administration and its allies have been waging war on the rights of everyday Americans. The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and he has already proven himself to be an extreme conservative. The House of Representatives has passed a string of bills effectively seeking to close the courthouse door to millions of Americans wronged by large corporate interests. And Republicans remain intent on eliminating health insurance for millions of Americans.
But amidst this gloom, there’s a glimmer of hope at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In recent weeks, the CFPB acted to crack down on so-called “ripoff clauses” that have victimized consumers of financial products and services. Specifically, it finalized a rule prohibiting corporations that provide these services from using non-negotiable arbitration clauses, hidden in contracts, that limit the ability of consumers to band together to enforce their legal rights. Alliance for Justice applauds this vital action.