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Arbitration Fairness Act Before Congress Could Ban Mandatory Arbitration

June 16, 2009  ·  By HM&M


NPR (6/9, Goodwyn) reported that “Jamie Leigh Jones was a…Halliburton employee in 2005 when she was sent to work in Iraq.” She was drugged, beaten and raped shortly after her arrival. “It has been four years since the attack, and despite the physical and circumstantial evidence, the Department of Justice has declined to investigate.” She is now fighting for the right to have her case heard in court instead of arbitration.

Arbitration has “become a dominant feature in the legal relationship between American corporations, their employees, and their customers.” The Arbitration Fairness Act “now before Congress would ban clauses that make arbitration mandatory for the resolution of disputes – restoring to consumers and employees the choice of taking their case to court.”

We believe in the right to a trial by jury, and oppose mandatory arbitration and anything else that interferes with that right. Congress should ban mandatory arbitration and allow people to chose to take their case to court or to arbitration, as the right to trial by jury is a pillar that is essential to the principle of justice in this country.

June 16, 2009

Massey Ruling Said to Highlight Problems With Judicial Elections

The Wall Street Journal (6/10, Koppel) reports, “The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week calling for judges” to recuse themselves from “cases involving big political donors confronts the growing role of money in the U.S. judicial system.” The Journal adds, “Political donations to judicial candidates at the highest state courts have soared in recent years,... Read More

June 16, 2009

EPA: Recycled Rubber May Not Be Safe For Playgrounds

The USA Today (6/22, Szabo) reports, “There's a growing debate about the safety of the recycled rubber chips used to cushion falls on many children's playgrounds.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved rubber play surfaces since 1991, both to protect children from head injuries and to prevent tires from ending up in landfills. However,... Read More

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