For Immediate Release: September 9, 2015

Tom Brady's Appeal Exposes the Problems of Forced Arbitration

Getting Your “Day in Court” Makes All the Difference
Contact:
Ben Somberg
Email:
ben.somberg@justice.org
Phone:
202-965-6645

Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen on Tom Brady’s ability to appeal a questionable forced arbitration decision:

“Whether you are a Patriots fan, a Jets fan or could care less about football, we can all agree that everyone deserves their day in court. Fortunately for Tom Brady, he was able to appeal the recent arbitration decision against him. The judge who heard Brady’s appeal took note of the ‘lack of independence’ and ‘other legal deficiencies’ in the NFL’s arbitration process.”

“Unfortunately, we are not all superstar athletes backed by a powerful union and the media attention surrounding the appeals process for arbitrations. Every day, people in this country are dealing with disputes over credit cards, mobile phones, and medical errors but don’t realize that by agreeing to the terms of service, or buying the products they want, they have signed away their right to their day in court. Because of clauses buried in the fine print of contracts, consumers are often forced into rigged arbitrations leaving them with limited appeal, no transparency, and no accountability.”

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