Unlike many of the industries that force their customers and workers into arbitration, the for-profit college industry is fueled almost entirely by taxpayer money -- some $30 billion per year, for many companies amounting to around 90 percent of their revenue.
Today the Supreme Court put another nail in the coffin of the withering body of consumer rights. In the American Express v. Italian Colors case, the Court furthered its trend that permits corporations to use arbitration to prevent consumers from challenging their unlawful conduct.
Closing down for the summer is not the Roberts Court's only disappearing act. During this past term, a disturbing trend emerged of withdrawing the courts from their historic and institutional role in providing justice for ordinary Americans.