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Every day, Americans are forced to sign contracts that rob them of their Constitutional rights—without even realizing it. If you think you’ve never signed such a contract, you may be right…unless you have a cell phone or a credit card or a checking account. These contracts are everywhere these days, and it’s becoming nearly impossible to avoid them altogether.

The contracts involved here include something called forced arbitration clauses. If a company harms you or cheats you in some way—however egregiously—a forced arbitration clause denies you of your right to take the company to court. Instead, any grievance you have gets addressed in a non-public (i.e. secret) proceeding, the terms of which are dictated by the company. The company also gets to choose the arbiter who single-handedly decides the outcome of the proceeding. Once you sign a contract with a forced arbitration clause, you have essentially no recourse to justice if you happen to be wronged.

You can help fight forced arbitration clauses at the lawmaking level, however, by telling Congress to support the Arbitration Fairness Act (H.R. 1844 and S. 878). It’s vital for us as consumers to make our voices heard over the dull roar of corporate influence. Contact your Congressperson about this issue today.

4 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Vern Dennis

    If you don't like the arbitration clauses in cell phone agreements and credit cards the answer is simple - don't obtain them - you don't need either and no one is forcing you to purchase them. If enough people boycott them, sooner or later some enterpring business will offer them without arbitration agreements (if it's a good business idea). If it isn't a good business idea why should government interfere ?

    This was a free country but between union thugs, ambulance chasers and people who feel the world owes them a living (a/k/a The Democratic Party's primary constituency) freedom is disappearing at a wholesale clip

  2. Gravatar for Penny Lane

    Vern. I agree you can live without a credit card - although try renting a car without one, but telephones ? Really? Must have. Just curious why you hate lawyers, unions and D's? Hopefully you of your loved ones never need the services of a trial lawyer.

  3. Gravatar for Vern Dennis

    Penny - I deal with personal injury attorneys everyday - there are some good ones, although relatively few in number. I referred my late mother-in-law to one some years back (one who didn't advertise on television or stick refrigerator magnets on the back of the telephone books)

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