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Rothfus vs. us

| Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Allegheny County's own U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, wants to eliminate a crucial consumer safeguard, putting the needs of big banks before the needs of families.

In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new rule to empower consumers by banning forced-arbitration clauses, which ban class-action lawsuits. Banks slip these clauses into our contracts to make sure they can't be held accountable for wrongdoing, because they know individual consumers stand a slim chance in forced arbitration proceedings.

The banks were fuming and wanted immediate response from their allies. Who did they look to? Rothfus (who received more than $500,000 in campaign contributions from the financial services industry) has introduced a resolution to undo this new protection.

If Rothfus is leading Wall Street's fight against us, who will represent us?

Zachary Barber


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