We all sign confusing contracts written in tiny print whenever we get a new credit card, cable service, insurance or even when we take a new job. Unfortunately, companies have started to slip Binding Mandatory Arbitration (BMA) clauses into the legalese. It may sound benign, but it’s not.
Binding mandatory arbitration essentially privatizes the judicial process. By signing your name on the dotted line, you forfeit your right to a trial by jury. Just consider: If someone steals your identity to buy a $4,000 plasma TV and the credit card company want you to pay for it, the dispute completely bypasses the courtroom and goes straight to a for-profit arbitrator.
These arbitrators make their exorbitant salaries from repeat business by the credit card companies - so it is no surprise they find in their favor nearly all of the time.
But, there is something you can do about this! Personalize the letter below to insist that your members of Congress support legislation to ban the use of pre-dispute binding mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer and employment contracts.
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