Forced Arbitration Hurts Consumers

By November 2, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Recent Supreme Court decisions have given their blessing to companies that insert mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. Mandatory arbitration removes the option of civil lawsuits to enforce consumer rights. Civil lawsuits level the playing field between large, sophisticated companies and individual consumers. Blocking consumer access to the civil justice system makes it much easier for companies to harm consumers with little threat of recourse. The New York Times recently published a two-part series demonstrating how this system is terrible for consumers.

Part 1:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/business/dealbook/arbitration-everywhere-stacking-the-deck-of-justice.html

Part 2:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/02/business/dealbook/in-arbitration-a-privatization-of-the-justice-system.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&_r=0

Please take the time to read these articles. Next time you vote, be sure to take into account each candidate’s position on this topic.

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