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In the fine print of contracts, corporations often insert a “forced arbitration” clause to strip consumers and employees of the right to hold them accountable in a court.
Instead, consumers and employees who have been hurt or ripped off are forced into a private system that favors corporations.
In 2011, U.S. Supreme Court made this bad situation worse. In AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the court ruled that corporations can now use this fine print to deny people the right to band together for a class action lawsuit.
In practice, this means if a company decides to illegally charge an extra $10 to its 10 million customers, there is virtually no way for consumers to hold the company accountable for this theft of $100 million.
The good news is that this problem can be fixed with The Arbitration Fairness Act (H.R. 1844, S. 878).
Stop the corporate attack on the people’s rights. Tell your members of Congress to support the Arbitration Fairness Act.
The Arbitration Fairness Act would eliminate forced arbitration clauses, and allow consumers and employees to choose how to resolve disputes after it arises — whether in court or arbitration, individually or as a member of a class.
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