Civil Justice System Uncovers Abuse and Neglect of Elderly Americans
October 7, 2010
Washington, D.C.—A new report released today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) illustrates how the civil justice system is the most effective force in uncovering abuses by corporate nursing homes and insurance companies that target elderly Americans.
AAJ Response to Jackson v. Rent-a-Center SCOTUS Decision
June 21, 2010
Washington, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in Jackson v. Rent-a-Center, a case that challenges the validity of forced arbitration clauses and whether they must be decided by the arbitrator instead of the courts. The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Anthony Tarricone:
Congress Votes to Protect Sexual Assault and Discrimination Victims From Defense Contractor Forced Arbitrations
December 19, 2009
Washington, DC—A landmark provision in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3326) – passed by the U.S. Senate today – will protect defense contractor employees who have been victims of sexual assault, harassment, or other forms of discrimination and then forced into one-sided arbitration proceedings by their employer.
AAJ Statement on JPMorgan Removing Forced Arbitration Clauses from Credit Card Contracts
November 20, 2009
Washington, DC—Today, JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest credit card lender, will remove clauses from its contracts that force consumers into arbitration. Numerous reports and studies have shown these forced arbitrations are largely stacked against consumers.
AAJ Statement on Jamie Leigh Jones Forced Arbitration Case
September 16, 2009
Washington, DC—“Jamie has been through a terrible ordeal, but finally, she will have her day in court. Her case underscores how powerful corporations use forced arbitrations to evade accountability, even in the most egregious of circumstances.
AAJ Statement on Bank of America’s Announcement That It Will Halt Forced Arbitration
August 13, 2009
Washington, DC – On August 13, Bank of America Corp. announced that it would no longer participate in forced arbitration proceedings. The decision follows the recent settlement between the Minnesota Attorney General and the National Arbitration Forum, in which the NAF agreed to no longer conduct consumer forced arbitrations, and the decision by the American Arbitration Association to halt debt collection arbitration proceedings pending revised guidelines. In July, JPMorgan Chase also announced that it would no longer submit consumer disputes for arbitration.
Legislation Critical In Settling Arbitration Landscape
July 22, 2009
Washington, DC–Yesterday evening, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) announced it would stop participating in debt collection forced arbitration proceedings until "new guidelines are established." This follows Sunday's settlement between the Minnesota Attorney General and the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), in which the NAF agreed to no longer conduct any consumer forced arbitrations.
NAF Settlement Underscores Need for Congress to Pass Arbitration Fairness Act
July 20, 2009
“The appalling business practices of the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) illustrate how forced arbitration fails to protect consumers from predatory financial lenders and other negligent corporations.
Consumer Financial Protection Agency Bill is Right to Address Forced Arbitration, Says Coalition
July 14, 2009
Washington, DC – “The new Consumer Financial Protection Agency should provide a critical check on the unscrupulous practices of the financial industry that have inflicted economic hardship on American families.
Most Vulnerable Americans Protected By Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act
March 5, 2009
Washington, DC—The most vulnerable Americans and their families will no longer be forced to give up their legal rights and sign one-sided mandatory binding arbitration clauses under new legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Consumers No Longer Forced to Sign Away Their Rights Under Arbitration Fairness Act
February 12, 2009
Washington, DC – Countless Americans will no longer be forced to give up their legal rights and enter unfair arbitration agreements under bipartisan legislation introduced today in the U.S. House.
Legislation Eliminates Mandatory Binding Arbitration as a Shield for Negligent Nursing Home Corporations
September 11, 2008
Washington, DC—Today, the Senate Judiciary passed the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act (S.2838), moving Wisconsin resident David Kurth and his family one step closer to getting justice. David Kurth testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June about the tragic death of his father, William F. Kurth who died due to severe neglect of care while in a nursing home facility. When the Kurth family tried to hold the nursing home corporation accountable they were told that Mrs. Kurth, who was 82 at the time, unknowingly signed an arbitration clause.
Seniors Move Closer to Being Protected From One-Sided Mandatory Arbitration in Long-Term Care
July 30, 2008
Washington, DC—Seniors and their families who have been harmed by mandatory arbitration in nursing home contracts have overcame another hurdle in the fight to seek justice from negligent nursing home corporations.
Negligent Nursing Home Corporations Hide Behind Mandatory Arbitration
June 10, 2008
Washington, DC—Recent news stories have highlighted the problems with mandatory binding arbitration in credit card contracts but even more egregious is the increasing use of mandatory arbitration in nursing home contracts. These clauses force families to take their case to an arbitrator even when a loved one is seriously injured or dies.
New Poll: Americans Say “No Thanks” To Binding Arbitration
May 19, 2008
Washington, DC—Americans generally disapprove of binding arbitration provisions in consumer contracts as an alternative to civil legal proceedings involving a judge or jury, according to a recent national poll by survey firm Peter D. Hart Research Associates Inc.
AAJ Announces Support of Legislation to Stop Abusive Nursing Home Practices
April 10, 2008
Washington, DC—Today, American Association for Justice announces support of legislation to stop abusive corporate practices that put nursing home residents at risk. The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act will ensure that the decision to arbitrate be made voluntarily and after the dispute has arisen. With this legislation, corporations will not be able to manipulate the arbitration system in their favor and at the expense of nursing home residents and their families.
Arbitration Fairness Act Protects Americans From Abusive Corporate Practices
April 2, 2008
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.
Latest News on H.R. 3010, the Arbitration Fairness Act
February 13, 2008
Washington, DC—This week before the House Education and Labor’s Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee, the issue of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in employment contracts was front and center during its hearing on “Protecting American Employees from Workplace Discrimination.”
Statement by Kathleen Flynn Peterson
January 8, 2008
Washington, DC—The Defense Department Inspector General’s action today declining to investigate the case of former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones smacks of a conspiracy to keep the truth locked away in a proverbial shipping container—just as she was.
Binding Mandatory Arbitration Victim Deborah Williams and others to testify at hearing on Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007
October 24, 2007
Washington, DC—When Annapolis couple Deborah Williams and Richard Welshans invested more than $1 million in 2004 into starting up their Coffee Beanery franchise coffee shop, buried deep in contract with the Michigan corporation was a clause that all disputes would be settled by “Binding Mandatory Arbitration” a non-judicial but legally binding process that robs individuals of their Seventh Amendment right to settle disputes in a court of law.
Statement from AAJ on Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007
July 12, 2007
Washington, DC—Jon Haber, CEO of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), issued this statement upon today’s introduction of the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007.