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Franken used sexual assault victims in attack on arbitration one month before resigning

The Minnesota Democrat, who announced his resignation Thursday, has taken issue with forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts.

U.S. Senate, in late-night narrow vote, rolls back CFPB’s anti-arbitration rule

A resolution of disapproval, striking down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new anti-arbitration rule, passed 51-50 Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking “yes” vote. Only one Republican voted against the resolution.

Attorney: Lawsuit against CFPB's 'unfortunate' arbitration rule helps protect businesses

Joe Rubin, who recently was named senior vice president of government relations and public affairs at Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm MWWPR and who previously served as senior counsel at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, said the plaintiff groups’ arguments are “very strong.”

Groups, including AAJ and AFL-CIO, argue splitting Ninth Circuit would be a mistake

Last week, more than 150 groups and organizations sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, urging them to oppose any “ill-considered efforts” that would split the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. So far, three such bills have been introduced in Congress this year.

Louisiana senator emerges as possible roadblock to overturning consumer-protection rule

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) is still reviewing whether he will vote in favor of overturning a new rule by a consumer protection agency that forbids financial companies from including contract clauses that bar class-action law suits.

Acosta, Trump’s pick to head DOL, says he will follow order to review fiduciary rule

R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee, faced members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP, Committee during his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Trump’s pick for U.S. SC denies he’s against class actions

Neil Gorsuch, a conservative who serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, faced four days of confirmation hearings by the U.S. Senate this week.

Bill to limit use of forced arbitration clauses reintroduced

U.S. Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., along with U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., reintroduced the Arbitration Fairness Act March 7. The legislation, previously introduced in 2011 and 2015, would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, civil rights and antitrust cases.

Proposals aimed at splitting Ninth Circuit again introduced

Various legislation has been introduced this Congress aimed at restructuring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the largest of the nation’s 13 courts of appeals. The circuit’s judges contend a split would be harmful, while Democrats argue partisan politics is at the center of the push.

U.S. Senate passes resolution to block DOL’s fiduciary rule

The rule, sometimes referred to as the conflicts of interest rule, mandates financial professionals who service individual retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k) plans, to serve the “best interest” of the savers and disclose conflicts of interest.