Saturday, December 17, 2011

Wells Fargo adds a class action waiver

Effective February 2012, Wells Fargo is adding the following language to its agreement with customers:
Binding arbitration
If you have a dispute with the Bank, and you are not able to resolve the dispute informally, you and the Bank agree that upon demand by either you or the Bank, the dispute will be resolved through the arbitration process as set forth in this part. A “dispute” is any unresolved disagreement between you and the Bank. It includes any disagreement relating in any way to services, accounts or matters; to your use of any of the Bank’s banking locations or facilities; or to any means you may use to access your account(s). It includes claims based on broken promises or contracts, torts, or other wrongful actions. It also includes statutory, common
law, and equitable claims. “Disputes” include disagreements about the meaning, application or enforceability of this arbitration agreement. This arbitration agreement shall survive any termination of your account(s). YOU AGREE THAT YOU AND THE BANK ARE WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL OR TRIAL BEFORE A JUDGE IN A PUBLIC COURT. As the sole exception to this arbitration agreement, you and the Bank retain the right to pursue in small claims court any dispute that is within that court’s jurisdiction. If either you or the Bank fail to submit to binding arbitration following lawful demand, the party so failing bears all costs and expenses incurred by the other in compelling arbitration. Arbitration procedure; severability You or the Bank may submit a dispute to binding arbitration at any time, regardless of whether a lawsuit or other proceeding has been previously commenced. NEITHER YOU NOR THE BANK SHALL BE ENTITLED TO JOIN OR CONSOLIDATE DISPUTES BY OR AGAINST OTHERS IN ANY ARBITRATION, OR TO INCLUDE IN ANY ARBITRATION ANY DISPUTE AS A REPRESENTATIVE OR MEMBER OF A CLASS, OR TO ACT IN ANY ARBITRATION IN THE INTEREST OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR IN A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL CAPACITY...
This comes in the wake of the AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion Supreme Court decision back in April.

Just another incentive to move to a credit union, I suppose.

Oddly, I was unable to find any news coverage of this change.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Eloquence from the White House

I was impressed by Melody Barnes' interview with Jon Stewart. Typically, liberal bureaucrat-type people don't talk the way I would, and I find myself wishing I could step in and make the arguments for them. Melody spoke far better than I could have. Shame she'll be leaving.