S. 1122 - Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act of 2015

Education. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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A bill to provide that chapter 1 of title 9 of the United States Code, relating to the enforcement of arbitration agreements, shall not apply to enrollment agreements made between students and certain institutions of higher education, and to prohibit limitations on the ability of students to pursue claims against certain institutions of higher education. (by More
A bill to provide that chapter 1 of title 9 of the United States Code, relating to the enforcement of arbitration agreements, shall not apply to enrollment agreements made between students and certain institutions of higher education, and to prohibit limitations on the ability of students to pursue claims against certain institutions of higher education. (by CRS) Hide
 
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Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act of 2015

S. 1122 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to provide that chapter 1 of title 9 of the United States Code, relating to the enforcement of arbitration agreements, shall not apply to enrollment agreements made between students and certain institutions of higher education, and to prohibit limitations on the ability of students to pursue claims against certain institutions of higher education. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to provide that chapter 1 of title 9 of the United States Code, relating to the enforcement of arbitration agreements, shall not apply to enrollment agreements made between students and certain institutions of higher education, and to prohibit limitations on the ability of students to pursue claims against certain institutions of higher education.
Other Titles
  • Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act of 2015
  • Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act of 2015
Sponsor
Richard J. Durbin
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Education
  • Alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Higher education
  • Student aid and college costs
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced4/28/2015
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced4/28/2015
4/28/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
4/28/2015Introduced in Senate
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62 Organizations Supported and 0 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act of 2015

62 organizations supported this bill

AFL-CIO
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Alliance for Justice
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
American Association for Justice
AAJ (2015, April 29). Congress Takes Action to Restore Access to Justice for Americans. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from AAJ.
American Association of University Women
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Americans for Democratic Action
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Americans for Fairness in Lending
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Asian American Justice Center
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Black Leadership Forum
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Center for Justice & Democracy
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Center for Medicare Advocacy
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Center for Responsible Lending
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
citizen works
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Coalition of Franchisee Associations
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Communications Workers of America
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Community Action Partnership
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Consumer Action
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Consumer Federation of America
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Consumer Watchdog
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Consumers Union
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Demos
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Drum Major Institute
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
empire justice center
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Fair Arbitration Now
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Government Accountability Project
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Homeowners for Better Building
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Japanese American Citizens League
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Laborers' International Union of North America
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Lambda Legal
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Association of Consumer Advocates
National Association of Consumer Advocates & National Consumer Law Center (2015, April 29). National Association of Consumer Advocates and the National Consumer Law Center Support the Court Legal Access & Student Support (CLASS) Act. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Consumer Law Center.
national association of human rights workers
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Consumers League
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Contract Poultry Growers Association
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Council of La Raza
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Employment Lawyers Association
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Fair Housing Alliance
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Partnership for Women & Families
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Senior Citizens Law Center
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Women's Health Network
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
National Women's Law Center
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
New Economy Project
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Organization for Competitive Markets
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Progressive States Network
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Public Citizen
Hines, Christine (2015, April 28). Legislation to Eliminate Forced Arbitration Clauses and Class-Action Bans From College Enrollment Contracts Is Welcome Step. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from Public Citizen.
Public Justice Center
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Rural Advancement Foundation International
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Service Employees International Union
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
U.S. PIRG
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
United Policyholders
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Women Employed
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.
Workplace Fairness
Fair Arbitration Now (2015, April 27). Class Act of 2015 Support Letter. Retrieved November 16, 2015, from National Employment Lawyers Association.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$78,150$0
Kelly AyotteRNH$471,096$0
Tammy BaldwinDWI$1,972,321$0
John BarrassoRWY$22,983$0
Michael F. BennetDCO$945,748$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$351,284$0
Roy BluntRMO$333,916$0
Cory A. BookerDNJ$439,612$0
John BoozmanRAR$68,332$0
Barbara BoxerDCA$31,447$0
Sherrod BrownDOH$1,416,010$0
Richard BurrRNC$190,199$0
Maria CantwellDWA$266,447$0
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$280,375$0
Ben CardinDMD$226,750$0
Tom CarperDDE$93,950$0
Bob CaseyDPA$370,831$0
Bill CassidyRLA$330,472$0
Daniel CoatsRIN$3,100$0
William Thad CochranRMS$136,850$0
Susan M. CollinsRME$119,000$0
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$307,128$0
Bob CorkerRTN$171,192$0
John CornynRTX$131,605$0
Tom CottonRAR$1,297,409$0
Mike CrapoRID$68,594$0
Ted CruzRTX$1,935,672$0
Steve DainesRMT$263,750$0
Joe DonnellyDIN$323,968$0
Dick DurbinDIL$500,675$0
Mike EnziRWY$6,500$0
Joni ErnstRIA$212,711$0
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$358,381$0
Deb FischerRNE$232,021$0
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,369,777$0
Al FrankenDMN$646,188$0
Cory GardnerRCO$468,904$0
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$1,048,700$0
Lindsey GrahamRSC$221,328$0
Chuck GrassleyRIA$195,139$0
Orrin G. HatchRUT$74,733$0
Martin HeinrichDNM$387,481$0
Heidi HeitkampDND$528,981$0
Dean HellerRNV$156,122$0
Mazie K. HironoDHI$815,183$0
John HoevenRND$27,810$0
Jim InhofeROK$65,524$0
Johnny IsaksonRGA$120,545$0
Ron JohnsonRWI$848,399$0
Tim KaineDVA$1,245,757$0
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$120,432$0
Mark KirkRIL$266,926$0
Amy KlobucharDMN$525,065$0
James LankfordROK$192,176$0
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$169,765$0
Mike LeeRUT$755,034$0
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$155,625$0
Ed MarkeyDMA$537,747$0
John McCainRAZ$234,263$0
Claire McCaskillDMO$1,948,474$0
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$375,431$0
Bob MenéndezDNJ$353,850$0
Jeff MerkleyDOR$278,720$0
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$23,600$0
Jerry MoranRKS$57,400$0
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$113,633$0
Chris MurphyDCT$588,950$0
Patty MurrayDWA$835,794$0
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$672,863$0
Rand PaulRKY$477,688$0
David PerdueRGA$286,178$0
Gary C. PetersDMI$937,082$0
Rob PortmanROH$269,106$0
John "Jack" ReedDRI$186,626$0
Harry ReidDNV$149,953$0
Jim RischRID$63,237$0
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$159,331$0
Mike RoundsRSD$114,085$0
Marco RubioRFL$903,780$0
Bernie SandersIVT$416,515$0
Ben SasseRNE$716,301$0
Brian SchatzDHI$444,914$0
Chuck SchumerDNY$548,682$0
Tim ScottRSC$340,838$0
Jeff SessionsRAL$5,000$0
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$1,242,555$0
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$23,450$0
Debbie StabenowDMI$644,086$0
Dan SullivanRAK$627,939$0
Jon TesterDMT$741,599$0
John ThuneRSD$204,426$0
Thom TillisRNC$265,038$0
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,427,719$0
Tom UdallDNM$268,996$0
David VitterRLA$22,500$0
Mark R. WarnerDVA$243,164$0
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$3,956,779$0
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$275,847$0
Roger F. WickerRMS$22,650$0
Ron WydenDOR$228,400$0

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Legislator Filters
NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$78,150$0
Kelly AyotteRNH$471,096$0
Tammy BaldwinDWI$1,972,321$0
John BarrassoRWY$22,983$0
Michael F. BennetDCO$945,748$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$351,284$0
Roy BluntRMO$333,916$0
Cory A. BookerDNJ$439,612$0
John BoozmanRAR$68,332$0
Barbara BoxerDCA$31,447$0
Sherrod BrownDOH$1,416,010$0
Richard BurrRNC$190,199$0
Maria CantwellDWA$266,447$0
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$280,375$0
Ben CardinDMD$226,750$0
Tom CarperDDE$93,950$0
Bob CaseyDPA$370,831$0
Bill CassidyRLA$330,472$0
Daniel CoatsRIN$3,100$0
William Thad CochranRMS$136,850$0
Susan M. CollinsRME$119,000$0
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$307,128$0
Bob CorkerRTN$171,192$0
John CornynRTX$131,605$0
Tom CottonRAR$1,297,409$0
Mike CrapoRID$68,594$0
Ted CruzRTX$1,935,672$0
Steve DainesRMT$263,750$0
Joe DonnellyDIN$323,968$0
Dick DurbinDIL$500,675$0
Mike EnziRWY$6,500$0
Joni ErnstRIA$212,711$0
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$358,381$0
Deb FischerRNE$232,021$0
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,369,777$0
Al FrankenDMN$646,188$0
Cory GardnerRCO$468,904$0
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$1,048,700$0
Lindsey GrahamRSC$221,328$0
Chuck GrassleyRIA$195,139$0
Orrin G. HatchRUT$74,733$0
Martin HeinrichDNM$387,481$0
Heidi HeitkampDND$528,981$0
Dean HellerRNV$156,122$0
Mazie K. HironoDHI$815,183$0
John HoevenRND$27,810$0
Jim InhofeROK$65,524$0
Johnny IsaksonRGA$120,545$0
Ron JohnsonRWI$848,399$0
Tim KaineDVA$1,245,757$0
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$120,432$0
Mark KirkRIL$266,926$0
Amy KlobucharDMN$525,065$0
James LankfordROK$192,176$0
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$169,765$0
Mike LeeRUT$755,034$0
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$155,625$0
Ed MarkeyDMA$537,747$0
John McCainRAZ$234,263$0
Claire McCaskillDMO$1,948,474$0
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$375,431$0
Bob MenéndezDNJ$353,850$0
Jeff MerkleyDOR$278,720$0
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$23,600$0
Jerry MoranRKS$57,400$0
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$113,633$0
Chris MurphyDCT$588,950$0
Patty MurrayDWA$835,794$0
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$672,863$0
Rand PaulRKY$477,688$0
David PerdueRGA$286,178$0
Gary C. PetersDMI$937,082$0
Rob PortmanROH$269,106$0
John "Jack" ReedDRI$186,626$0
Harry ReidDNV$149,953$0
Jim RischRID$63,237$0
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$159,331$0
Mike RoundsRSD$114,085$0
Marco RubioRFL$903,780$0
Bernie SandersIVT$416,515$0
Ben SasseRNE$716,301$0
Brian SchatzDHI$444,914$0
Chuck SchumerDNY$548,682$0
Tim ScottRSC$340,838$0
Jeff SessionsRAL$5,000$0
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$1,242,555$0
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$23,450$0
Debbie StabenowDMI$644,086$0
Dan SullivanRAK$627,939$0
Jon TesterDMT$741,599$0
John ThuneRSD$204,426$0
Thom TillisRNC$265,038$0
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,427,719$0
Tom UdallDNM$268,996$0
David VitterRLA$22,500$0
Mark R. WarnerDVA$243,164$0
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$3,956,779$0
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$275,847$0
Roger F. WickerRMS$22,650$0
Ron WydenDOR$228,400$0

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$14,631,643
Women's issues$8,250,935
Democratic/Liberal$7,379,240
Trial lawyers & law firms$6,396,942
Building trades unions$2,949,215
Health, Education & Human Resources$1,301,294
Gay & lesbian rights & issues$815,726
Poultry & eggs$811,863
General business associations$683,423
Minority/Ethnic Groups$612,336
Health & welfare policy$547,752
State & local govt employee unions$455,196
Commercial service unions$374,750
Communications & hi-tech unions$341,900
Teamsters union$277,875
Elderly issues/Social Security$224,126
Labor Unions$197,000
Agriculture$189,296
Public official (elected or appointed)$113,000
Human Rights$45,000
Consumer groups$750

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

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