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THE IMPACT WE MAKE

For over 10 years, Better Markets has had a significant impact on financial reform – from re-shaping the political discourse to strengthening many parts of the Dodd-Frank rule-making process.

OUR IMPACT

During the past 10 years, Better Markets has had a significant impact on financial reform – from re-shaping the political discourse to strengthening many parts of the Dodd-Frank rule-making process. We’ve become a potent counterweight to the industry as the rules of financial reform are being drafted and challenged, filing more than 300 comment letters so that agencies finalize the strongest possible safeguards to protect the American people from another financial crash.

Better Markets led the charge against the industry attack on the proposed Volcker Rule limiting gambling by the big banks on Wall Street, meeting with regulators, testifying before Congress, advocating abroad, and ultimately protecting the rule from being killed.

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Tackling Each Pertinent Court Action Relating to Financial Regulation, One Case at a Time

Better Markets constantly monitors the federal courts to identify cases that affect the financial lives of American investors and the wallets of almost every consumer. Through litigation, “friend of the court” filings, and publication of special reports, we counter industry arguments, advance the public interest, and employ legal arguments to promote the fairness, transparency, and stability of the U.S. financial system. The issues we tackle include how courts interpret financial laws and regulations, which enforcement tools agencies will have at their disposal, and whether ripped off investors can seek relief from the courts or must bring their claims in biased and secretive arbitration proceedings. We also address the fundamental threshold question of “standing” under the Constitution: Does the investor, consumer, or public interest plaintiff have a sufficient “injury” to allow a federal court to hear and resolve the claim? That critical question—too often answered “no”—determines whether those seeking relief in court will even be heard.

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