Contact: Ray De Lorenzi
Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Jon Haber on the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007 (H.R. 3010 / S.1782) and U.S. Chamber's latest attempts to avoid corporate accountability while denying people justice through the legal system:
- "U.S. Chamber and its corporate financers are lobbying to keep abusive, binding mandatory arbitration clauses as the status quo. Just ask Jamie Leigh Jones what she thinks of the status quo.
- "Jamie was raped, drugged, beaten, and then confined to a shipping container by KBR/Halliburton employees while working in Iraq. Because of a clause placed in her employment contract, KBR is trying to force Jamie to submit to a binding, secret, non-appealable arbitration. These are the types of corporations U.S. Chamber is trying to protect.
- "U.S. Chamber is protecting corporations that bury mandatory arbitration clauses in fine print while destroying the civil justice system."