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U.S. Consumer Protection Agency May Make Unenforceable Financial Institution Contracts Which Prohibit Class Action Arbitrations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a federal agency designed to protect average citizens from unfair business practices by big financial powerhouses, such as banks, brokerages and credit card companies. The CFPB recently announced that it is considering a groundbreaking move: banning arbitration clauses prohibiting class actions, because they allow companies to avoid accountability to […]

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Binding Arbitrations Are Unfair, Because Arbitrators Make More Money By Ruling In Favor Of Companies So They Can Get Repeat Business

I’ve written before about how forced binding arbitrations are unfair and that contract provisions taking away citizens’ Constitutional right to jury trials should be outlawed.  See my prior blog articles here and here. In Part II of its lengthy piece exposing the injustice involved in forced arbitration clauses entitled “Beware The Fine Print,” the New […]

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Having Banned Lawsuits Through Binding Arbitration Clauses, Big Businesses Now Try To Also Ban Class Action Arbitrations

I’ve written before about “binding arbitration” provisions and how unfair they are because they deprive people of their day in court. (See my blog entry here entitled “Forced Arbitration Clauses Should Be Outlawed”). The New York Times today published a significant article highlighting a new, devious twist on the usual binding arbitration provisions, one now […]

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The Tremendous Difficulties Of Getting Treating Physicians To Testify And Why This Creates Huge Problems For Their Patients

Most people are surprised when I tell them about by one of the biggest and most common problems faced by my clients: their doctor’s absolute refusal to give any testimony whatsoever.  These are physicians who know firsthand that my client really was seriously injured, and know even better than I do how severely these injuries […]

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Fifteen States Ask Federal Government To Prohibit Binding Arbitration Provisions In Nursing Home Contracts

One of the founding principles of the United States is trial by jury.  Thomas Jefferson famously said: “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Paine, 1789. I’ve written before about “arbitration […]

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ACLU Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Psychologists Who Designed CIA Interrogation Program

The American Civil Liberties Union has recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of three prisoners of the United States Central Intelligence Agency who had been subjected to the government’s “enhanced interrogation” program.  The defendants in the lawsuit, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, are psychologists who allegedly designed and oversaw the CIA interrogation program. According to […]