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FCC To Take Aim At Forced-Arbitration In Coming Weeks

Federal telecom regulators took a big pro-consumer stride Thursday by approving new rules that could significantly limit the ability of cable and phone companies to farm their customers’ personal data while vowing to proceed with further legislative action in February that takes aim at “mandatory arbitration” clauses in customer agreements. Currently, Internet service providers (ISPs) have free reign over most sensitive customer data. Telecom companies can gather information about customers’ finances, health, children, geolocation, social security numbers, web browsing history, application usage, and much more. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new rules establish clear and enforceable policies about how companies ... Read More

U.S. Senator Drafting Bill To Help Wells Fargo Customers Harmed By Bank Fraud

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said Monday he plans to introduce a bill that would bar Wells Fargo from shielding itself behind forced arbitration clauses buried in consumer contracts. The bill would make it easier for customers to sue Wells Fargo for compensation and damages resulting from fake accounts the bank opened without their consent. Sen. Brown, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, has joined the chorus of lawmakers and other officials, including Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in condemning Wells Fargo for defrauding its own customers, then denying them a day in court. On ... Read More

President’s order binds prospective government contractors to stronger labor laws

Companies seeking lucrative federal government contracts will have a hard time getting them if they have a history of labor violations or require workers to give up their right to sue as a condition of employment, thanks to an executive order President Obama signed Thursday. “Some companies that earn billions of dollars as government contractors are among the worst violators of U.S. labor laws, yet year after year they keep winning new contracts,” the Associated Press reported. “So President Barack Obama is aiming to end impunity for labor violators by pushing companies to clean up their act if they want ... Read More

New website monitors how corporations, lobbyists are eroding our Constitutional rights

Alarmed by the corporate lobby’s aggressive efforts to undermine the U.S. civil justice system, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) has launched a new website and blog called Take Justice Back. The aim of the website is to keep U.S. citizens informed about how their rights and protections, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, are being eroded by powerful corporations and lobbying groups trying to escape accountability. Armed with hundreds of millions of dollars, these corporate interests have infiltrated Congress and are using their financial might “scheming up ways to avoid accountability when they hurt someone,” the AAJ says. The “Tort ... Read More