As many of our readers know, as required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is conducting a study of arbitration as a dispute-resolution mechanism for matters with the Bureau's regulatory reach. After the study, the CFPB is authorized to take regulatory action consistent with its study's results. (We addressed the study many times, including here and here.)
The CFPB is holding a public hearing, and you can attend if you sign up now. Here's the agency's announcement:
You are invited to a field hearing on arbitration hosted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The field hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EST in Newark, NJ.
The event will feature remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray, as well as testimony from consumer groups, industry representatives, and members of the public.
This field hearing is open to the public and requires an RSVP. To RSVP, email your full name and your organizational affiliation (if any) to email@example.com. If you need an accommodation to participate, you can make a request here: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/accessibility/.