We previously reported on the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Minnesota Attorney General against the National Arbitration Forum (“NAF”) alleging conflicting ties between the NAF and debt-collection law firms representing major credit card companies. Debt collection arbitration has become a focus of debate. Some critics have claimed that consumer arbitration is biased to favor businesses. An Interim Report issued by a Consumer Arbitration Task Force at Northwestern University School of Law suggests otherwise. The report compared the outcomes of AAA debt collection arbitrations to the outcomes of debt collection cases in court and found that consumers prevail more often in the arbitrations than in court. The study further found that creditor recovery rates in arbitrations were lower than or comparable to creditor recovery rates in court. (For the full study, see http://www.law1.northwestern.edu/ searlecenter/issues/index.cfm?ID=81.)