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Mandatory Binding Arbitration

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

Nan Aron | Posted 10.08.2014 | 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.

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!

AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion: The Corporate Court Does it Again

Nan Aron | Posted 06.29.2011 | Technology
Nan Aron

Thanks to the Supreme Court, corporations are now free to write contracts that legally bar you from challenging them in class-action lawsuits or even group arbitration, no matter what they do to harm you.

Citizens United Is Just the Tip of the Supreme Court's Pro-Corporate Iceberg

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

The President, the press, and the public have been rightly outraged by the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC to allow corporation...

Big Pharma's Loss is America's Gain: Obama's Outstanding First Choice for the Federal Bench

Ian Millhiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Millhiser

Judge Hamilton's nomination is a marked change from the judges chosen in the Bush era and it is exactly the change which Americans voted for last November.

Supreme Court's Judge-For-Sale Case Is Just The Tip of a Larger Iceberg

Ian Millhiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Millhiser

Corporate-owned courts presided over by the business community's hand-picked arbitrators are fast becoming the rule, and a deeply ideological bench is only sometimes available as an imperfect alternative.

Former Business Lobbyist Denied Important DOJ Role

Ian Millhiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Millhiser

Obama's decision will serve as a cautionary tale to other talented individuals who, despite progressive accomplishments, are tempted to work in support of practices as abusive as binding mandatory arbitration.

Right-Wing Supreme Court Draws Ire Of Senate Judiciary Committee

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

The Supreme Court has shifted dangerously to the right and is now the most pro-business Court since the monopoly greasing "Lochner-era" Court of the late 19th century.