December 2014 | Take Justice Back

December 2014

Change.org Drops Forced Arbitration!

Change.org prides itself on “empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see,” and now it’s leading by example. 

The popular online petition website has just dropped its forced arbitration clause from its terms and conditions.  This means that if a user has legal dispute with the company, Change.org will answer for itself in court rather than in a rigged forced arbitration system. 

According to the message on its website:

Indiana Family Fights to End Arbitrary Caps on Damages

The civil justice system plays a vital role in our country as it provides people with an avenue to seek accountability. But when access to the civil justice system is denied or limited through legislation such as arbitrary caps on damages, we all suffer.

Don't Be Duped By ATRA's "Hellholes" Report

Every year, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) releases a new edition of its “Judicial Hellholes” report. As you can see below, this has been widely ridiculed and debunked.

SCOTUS Ends BP's Attempt to Evade Accountability for Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Since the devastating 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP has orchestrated a campaign to avoid accountability and delay justice for Gulf Coast small business owners by trying to backpedal on an agreement it wrote, signed, and asked the Court to approve.  BP continues to throw hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to halt payments to Gulf Coast businesses it harmed.

The Hidden Cost of Cyber Monday Deals: Forced Arbitration

As Forbes reported this week, “Forget Cyber Monday, It's Cyber Week.” Many companies are extending their online sales all week long, with new deals being introduced every day. But Even the best cyber deals can come with a shockingly hefty price – your constitutional right to hold the retailer accountable in court if it cheats you, delivers a bad product, or loses your personal information in a data breach.