Write Congress: End Forced Arbitration

Forced arbitration is everywhere, unfair and inescapable. The use of arbitration is more predatory and secretive in some industries than in others, but it is nearly impossible for consumers navigate the minefield of forced arbitration in many everyday products and services such as credit cards, auto contracts, and home building. As a private system without an impartial judge or a jury, mandatory arbitration allows companies to play by their own rules and escape accountability when they harm consumers and employees.

Though a few companies have recently exited the forced arbitration marketplace for credit collecting and banking, Public Citizen's recent report reveals the practice remains pervasive.

Thankfully, there is already legislation moving through Congress to put an end to forced arbitration. The Arbitration Fairness Act would make mandatory binding arbitration unenforceable in civil rights, employment, consumer, and franchise disputes, but would not eliminate voluntary arbitration agreed to after a dispute arises.

Use the form below to email your representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Arbitration Fairness Act.

We encourage you to revise or add your own words to the message below. Personalized messages make the most difference!

Want to make a really big impact? Find out if your representative is on our list of likely supporters of the Arbitration Fairness Act and learn about how you can ask him or her to support the bill in person!

Learn more by reading Public Citizen's new report, Forced Arbitration: Unfair and Everywhere.


October 25, 2014

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