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Forced Arbitration

Companies That Violate Workers' Rights Don't Get To Rob Them Of Their Day In Court, Too

Terisa E. Chaw | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Terisa E. Chaw

Anyone who believes that corporations should not be given the power to impose forced arbitration--which is rigged in their favor and against individuals--should urge their Members of Congress to support and pass the AFA.

You're Getting Ripped Off By Forced Mandatory Arbitration -- Here's How to Stop It

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Rep. Hank Johnson

From Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia and Senator Al Franken of Minnesota Forced arbitration rigs the game in favor of big corporations and ag...

You're Getting Ripped Off By Forced Mandatory Arbitration -- Here's How to Stop It

Al Franken | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Al Franken

If you've ever opened a credit card, rented a car or engaged in any number of other routine interactions with big corporations, you've probably had to sign away your right to go to court or band together in a class action with other customers.

Buried In The Fine Print Is A Threat To Democracy

Nan Aron | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

The ability of large corporations and hugely wealthy people to control the mechanisms of American government has been established by the narrowest of margins. One vote can determine if they can have it all. Now you know why Charles Koch is shopping for a president.

It's Time to End Dirty Back Rooms of Injustice

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

For those who haven't read the series, let me summarize: If you have a credit card, bank account, purchased anything over the internet, rented a car, placed a loved one in a nursing home or even gotten a new job lately, it is likely that you have unknowingly agreed to have any dispute with the company resolved in a private, biased, corporate-controlled arbitration system.

CFPB Proposes Big Step Forward With Curbs on Forced Arbitration

Nan Aron | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

We commend the CFPB for moving to prohibit class-action bans. But the agency should go further and ban forced arbitration entirely wherever it has the power to do so.

Corporate America's Latest Target: Nursing Home Patients

Paul Bland | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Paul Bland

If nursing homes are permitted to continue opting out of the civil justice system, we can expect to see lower levels of care, and higher numbers of preventable injuries and deaths.

Obama Administration Implements Major Advance for Civil Rights

Paul Bland | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Bland

In today's regulations, the Department of Labor puts an end to these unfair Supreme Court decisions, including forced arbitration for millions of employees of federal contractors. It's a huge step towards strengthening the civil rights laws.

How Spotify Lets Your Rights Get Lost in the Fine Print -- and What You Can Do About It

Nan Aron | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Nan Aron

Buried in the fine print of those "terms and conditions of use" is a forced arbitration clause. That means that if you have a dispute with Spotify, you have to take your case to a decision maker at a firm they choose -- not a judge or jury. In addition, if Spotify violates the rights of thousands, even millions, of its listeners, they can't band together to seek justice.

CFPB Study Proves Forced Arbitration Harms Consumers; Agency Should Prohibit the Practice Wherever It Can

Nan Aron | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

Our film Lost in the Fine Print shows what happens when consumers and employees are prevented from standing up for their rights in court and instead forced to go before an arbitrator hired by the very company that wronged them. Much of the time, forced arbitration clauses mean those disputes never go anywhere at all. Now there is a new mass of additional evidence.

Big Banks Have License to Steal -- You Can Help Stop It

Robert Weissman | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The big banks want an effective license to steal. And they are counting on you to give it to them. You would never knowingly agree to any such thing,...

How Your Rights Get Lost in the Fine Print -- and How to Fight Back

Nan Aron | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

Facing off against a powerful company in arbitration is like playing a baseball game in which the other team hires and fires the umpires. So it's no wonder that, in consumer disputes, one study found that arbitrators rule for companies over consumers 94 percent of the time.

General Mills Reverses Controversial Policy

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business

General Mills has reversed a new policy that sparked outrage among consumers. General Mills last week revealed a new rule that prevented people fr...

Another Brick in the Wall: Supreme Court Shields Corporations From the Law (As Usual)

Nan Aron | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Italian Colors ruling is not an isolated event. We are rapidly approaching a time when there is a private set of laws for big corporations, created and enforced by and for themselves and separate from the system that governs the rest of us.

Consumers Fight Big Banks for a Day in Court

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The public at large is finally learning about abuses in the credit card banking industry. Over time, the banks may change their policies. But as a consumer, you must learn your rights, and you must insist that your rights are upheld.

Starbucks: Stop Taking Away Your Customers' Rights

David Arkush | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
David Arkush

If you're one of millions of Starbucks customers who might buy or receive a prepaid card this holiday season, you might want to take a moment to send Starbucks a message: Don't take away my rights!

Supreme Court Could Give Corporations Blueprint to Cheat Consumers

Gibson Vance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gibson Vance

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion today. If it rules in favor of AT&T, corporations will be allowed to use forced arbitration clauses as a tool to wipe out class actions.

A Plea to the Courts: Stop the Quiet Death of a Critical Consumer Protection

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

The right of consumers to band together to take action against corporate rip-offs is something that is enshrined in case law, enforced by the state co...

Don't Let the Fox Guard the Hen House

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

Jackson v. Rent-a-Center throws a spotlight on just how close corporations are to being granted totally unchecked authority to force the American public into arbitration.

Congress Takes Critical Step in Halting Abusive Forced Arbitrations

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

Al Franken and Mary Landrieu's amendment protects defense contractor employees who have been victims of sexual assault, harassment, or other forms of discrimination.