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ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 29 – May 1, 2009: The Consumer Wave – The Riptide from Attempts to Prevent Class Actions in Arbitration 1 The Winner of the Race to the Bottom: The National Arbitration Forum and Consumer Cases F. Paul Bland, Jr. Public Justice Washington, D.C.1INTRODUCTION More and more, consumer arbitration agreements are abandoning JAMS or the American Arbitration Association in favor of the National Arbitration Forum (NAF).2 This is a matter of grave concern...

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