A complaint filed in federal court in Minnesota could subject the National Arbitration Forum — and eight of its card-issuing customers — to the type of class action the company once touted itself as helping defendants avoid.

In the complaint, filed July 24, plaintiffs attorneys from the Minneapolis firm Gustafson Gluek PLLC charge that their client, Kerry Sydnes, was financially harmed when Sydnes lost a consumer debt dispute arbitrated by the company. The suit seeks class-action status.

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