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Sign the Petition Opposing Investor-State Dispute Settlement in Trade Agreements

Add Your Name if You Oppose Allowing Foreign Corporations to Sue Governments Over Public Interest Laws They Claim Limit Their Profits

Multinational corporations are scheming for new rights to sue governments — in clandestine, foreign tribunals — demanding taxpayer compensation for profits they allegedly lose over health and safety, environmental, financial and worker protections we all rely on.

This assault on common sense is one of the worst components of so-called “free trade” agreements — like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement and others — that are being negotiated behind our backs. Its technical-sounding name, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, masks an incredibly insidious corporate power-grab.

Join us in calling on governments to reject Investor-State Dispute Settlement in any current or future trade agreements.

Petition to Reject Investor-State Dispute Settlement:

We call on the U.S. government to exclude Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) from any trade agreements, including the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA or TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). These controversial ISDS provisions threaten democracy and limit governments’ ability to regulate in the public interest by empowering corporations to sue nations for unlimited taxpayer compensation in secret, foreign tribunals for a public interest policy or government action that they perceive undermines their "expected future profits."

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