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Mission Statement:

The purpose of this website is to inform the public about the threat posed by mandatory arbitration clauses that are being inserted into consumer contracts. 

When buying a product or entering into a service contract, thousands of people everyday are unknowingly giving up their right to sue, and as a practical matter, their rights to a legal remedy by entering into such contracts.

 As companies learn they can avoid class action litigation with this simple slight of hand, honesty becomes less important in their business dealings. As a result, companies that do business openly and honestly suffer or turn to similar conduct.

America is quickly becoming the land of unjust and unfair dealings.

Mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts are nothing to big corporations but a license for consumer abuse.

Arbitration does have a purpose and can serve a beneficial purpose when used in commercial agreements, that is agreements where parties are represented by lawyers, the contract is a product of legitimate bargained terms, and all parties are clearly aware of the implications.  Also, arbitrations can be useful in connection with collective bargaining agreements and the resolution of disputes arising from those agreements.  However, when mandatory arbitration clauses are placed in consumer transactions, the result is almost always unfair to the consumer.

Advice to Consumers

Unless you are faced with no meaningful alternative, you should attempt to avoid doing business with companies that impose mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts. If a company is conducting business in such a manner that it considers lawsuits a probability, then that company will certainly want to arbitrate.

As a consumer, you need to realize that by signing an contract with an arbitration clause, you may be unable to find a lawyer willing to represent you if you are cheated.   Business that conduct business honestly don't have to worry about lawsuits and don't need arbitration clauses.

You should further contact your Congressional representatives and tell them to outlaw mandatory arbitration in consumer contracts.

Write Your Congressional Representative

Write a letter to your Congressional and Senatorial Representatives and tell them that they need to enact legislation to protect consumers from over-reaching and abusive mandatory arbitration clauses that are being inserted into consumer contracts. 

Articles of Interest

Defeating Mandatory Arbitration Clauses,
Trial, January 2016
Judge Rules Mandatory Arbitration Clause Cannot be Enforced, ATLA, May 3, 2016
Mandatory Arbitration: The Next Attack on Consumers' Rights

 

This website has been visited by dissatisfied consumers to-date.

This site was officially opened on July 20, 2016

 

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