Forced Arbitration

Screenshot_2017-11-08_12.04.46.pngHow many us could afford to outspend a corporate backed lawyer? Could you?

Equifax’s response to its recent massive data breach shows how corporations use these “rip off clauses” to avoid legal accountability.  Equifax offered free credit monitoring to those data was compromised - but people who accepted the offer were unaware that they were agreeing to give up their legal rights to sue Equifax in exchange. Incredible, right? Then, rather than strengthening consumer protections in responses to this massive attack on people’s privacy, the GOP-controlled House and Senate killed an Obama-era regulation that would have made it easier for consumers to file class-action lawsuits against financial firms, particularly banks.

No one should be immune from being held accountable for their actions and these “forced arbitration” rip-off clauses threaten the rights of Vermonters because they erase our hard-won legal rights by blocking us from going to court and replace our public justice system with unaccountable, privatized and secretive arbitrators-for-hire. 
These hidden clauses strip away our rights to utilize our public justice system to sue, to participate in a class action lawsuit, or to appeal, and completely stack the deck against employees and consumers. Companies use arbitration to hide wrongdoing: women who experience sexual harassment are often forced into arbitration, which silences them from speaking out.

Your legislators need to hear from you so that they understand the need to keep Vermont’s courthouse doors open.

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  • published this page in Our Work 2017-12-11 14:05:51 -0500

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