forced arbitration

Popular Uses of Forced Arbitration and Companies that Use it

Recent legislation and protests have brought media and legal attention to the topic of forced arbitration. The troubling issue is that many companies are including clauses in their intimidatingly long contracts which state that any complaints from consumers must be settled through arbitration, rather than in court. Arbitration exists as an alternative to a civil claim brought through a state or federal court, in order to lighten the load faced by the legal system. However, when customers have no choice in how to pursue claims, they are denied their Seventh Amendment right to a trial by jury for civil matters.

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