Clinton, Brown Put focus on Arbitration Clauses October 6, 2016 Ryan Rainey, The Morning Consult (October 3, 2016) The Morning Consult website reported this week that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called for restrictions to the use of so-called “forced arbitration” clauses in consumer contracts. In a speech to supporters in Toledo, Ohio, Clinton said one policy solution is to limit the use of contracts that bar consumers from taking companies to court if they believe they’ve been abused. Proponents of arbitration clauses (including the American Financial Services Association, AFSA) have said they’re a responsible way to give consumers recourse while maintaining efficiency. In May, the Consumer Bankers Association said in a paper that arbitration is a “significantly quicker process” that is less costly for consumers than class action lawsuits. The group has also criticized the pending CFPB rule as a regulation that would encourage costly and long-lasting class actions.