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April 7, 2015

Heavily Backlogged Federal Courts Show Need to Protect Arbitration

The Wall Street Journal reports that civil lawsuits are piling up in the nation’s federal courts, causing years-long delays in cases involving civil rights, personal injury, and Social Security benefits, among others.

“More than 330,000 such cases were pending as of last October—a record—up nearly 20% since 2004, according to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

This news should serve as a stinging rebuke to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recent anti-arbitration report. As ILR and the U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CMCC) pointed out in a letter to the CFPB in December 2013, the problem of overcrowding court dockets is just one of the key reasons for protecting access to arbitration.

“Those consumers who do brave the courts find that a hearing on their claims is long delayed by overcrowded dockets in our underfunded courts,” wrote ILR and the CMCC in that letter.

Read the full story here.

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