Winter Convention: Helping Our Host City

At Winter Convention 2014, in addition to the New Lawyers Division Habitat for Humanity project (Friday, Feb. 7), members also have the opportunity to donate school supplies to a literacy program called Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) and some members will be making presentations at local high schools about the dangers of distracted driving.

Report: How the U.S. Chamber Forced Arbitration on America

Through its legal reform front group, the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), the U.S. Chamber has been at the forefront of a heavily-funded campaign to eliminate corporate accountability, even for massive violations of state and federal law. For decades, this has primarily revolved around high profile PR campaigns to portray the civil justice system as beset by frivolous lawsuits.

Schwab Drops Anti-Investor Provision

Brokerage firm, Charles Schwab, announced on April 24th that as part of a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (Finra), Charles Schwab would drop a provision in its consumer agreement that eliminated customers' rights.

Victory for Consumer Rights: General Mills Drops its Forced Arbitration Clause

General Mills announced on April 19, 2014 that it removed a forced arbitration clause in its terms of service. Forced arbitration is an abusive practice where corporations force customers into a dispute mill that is rigged and secretive.  The corporations pick the arbitrator and the arbitrator's decision is final - you have no ability to appeal or ever go to court.