For Immediate Release: October 31, 2015

Horrors of Forced Arbitration Exhibited in New York Times Investigation

Contact:
Jared Saylor
Email:
jared.saylor@justice.org
Phone:
(202) 944-2859

The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen in response to a New York Times investigation of forced arbitration:

Forced arbitration is a corporate bullying tactic designed to kick people out of court and eliminate their right to seek justice. It’s a rigged system set up by corporations to favor corporations.

Big businesses are using fine print to take away the rights of consumers, patients, and workers. Unfortunately, forced arbitration has infiltrated nearly all aspects of American life. Americans are subjected to forced arbitration clauses when they use credit cards, talk on their cell phones, visit websites, start a new job, and even admit a loved one into a nursing home. Corporations use forced arbitration because they know that when they lie, cheat, and steal from the public, the fine print gives them a free pass to break the law and evade all accountability.

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