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  • Don't Sell Our Rights, Commissioner

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    The Texas insurance commissioner is considering an industry proposal that would allow an insurance company to buy your legal rights for a few dollars a month.

    This is unprecedented. Never has the insurance department approved a request to allow an insurance company to include what is called a pre-dispute binding arbitration clause in its policies. In fact, it has been part of the agency's published guidelines to reject any insurance policy that includes such language.

  • Statement on ATF Findings in West Fertilizer Fire

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Alex Winslow, executive director of Texas Watch, released the following statement:

    The ATF held a press conference today speculating that the fire at the West fertilizer plant was a criminal act. They offered no scientific evidence for their conclusion, only that they claim to have ruled out other possible causes. Today’s media event did little to clear up the confusion about the events leading up to the fire at the West plant three years ago.

  • CFPB to Rein In Forced Arbitration

    Monday, May 9, 2016

    90 days. 90 days until consumers might regain vital protections against powerful corporations.

    Last Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules to prohibit dangerous class-action bans buried in credit card, banking, and loan contracts.  

    Protected by “gotcha” provisions, banks and credit card companies can steal small sums from millions while preventing consumers from holding them accountable in court. This system, called forced arbitration, pits David against Goliath, and with the ban on class actions, plucks the slingshot from David’s hand.