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Amtrak’s new ticket rules won’t let passengers sue in a crash

From Politico: 11/08/2019.

"But if such a crash happened today, the victims would not be able to sue. That’s because of a clause the passenger rail line quietly added to its ticket purchases in January, which forces disputes into arbitration with no right to go before a judge or jury."

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How the Google walkout transformed tech workers into activists

From the Los Angeles Times: 11/06/2019.

"They were approached by the American Assn. for Justice, a nonprofit lobbying group for plaintiffs’ lawyers that was pushing a bill to ban mandatory arbitration across the U.S. Soon, the employee group, End Forced Arbitration, began organizing phone banks, launching educational campaigns, and organizing trips to lobby legislators in Washington, D.C., in their personal time."

These Women Know How to Save the World—All We Have to Do Is Listen

From Harper's Bazaar: 11/06/2019.

"For our 2019 Women Who Dare series, Gretchen Carlson calls up Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to discuss the prevalent—but little-known about—arbitration clauses in employment contracts, how they protect harassers and muzzle sexual assault survivors, and why we need to abolish them for good."

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Uber's New York bike expansion stymied by dispute over court access

From Politico: 10/15/2019.

"But the “forced arbitration” policy that Uber wants to insert into its user agreements with riders is proving an obstacle. The increasingly commonplace corporate practice prevents users from seeking relief in court when something goes wrong. Consumer advocates deplore it, and so, increasingly, do some politicians."

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Hollywood and Silicon Valley can no longer silence women with this contract clause

From Vox: 10/11/2019.

"Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Thursday that outlaws forced arbitration, a common business practice that US employers use to stop workers from suing them for sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage theft. He also signed a bill that extends the amount of time employees have to file workplace civil rights complaints under state law."

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DLA Piper Hit by Law Student Protests Over Arbitration

From Bloomberg Law: 10/10/2019.

"Demonstrators from Harvard, Columbia, NYU and Georgetown law schools handed out leaflets in New York, Washington, and Boston. They’re part of a student-led initiative leveraging their status as top Big Law recruits to fight what they says is “harassment and discrimination in the legal profession."

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Sexual Misconduct at Work, Again

From RetroReport.org: 10/07/2019.

"Corporate scandals led companies to implement mandatory arbitration agreements. But that made it easier for them to cover up the problem, and harder for victims to be heard. The repercussions continue to affect the workplace today."

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House Passes Bill to End Forced Arbitration

From ThinkAdvisor: 9/20/2019.

"Mandatory arbitration "allows large corporations to systematically evade accountability when they break the law," added American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen, in a separate statement. “When this bill passes both houses of Congress, corporations will no longer be allowed to immunize themselves and silence employees, consumers, nursing home residents, sexual assault survivors and victims of financial fraud."

House Votes To Ban Forced Arbitration

From HuffPost: 9/20/2019.

"The U.S. House on Friday voted to ban forced arbitration, the increasingly controversial ― and common ― practice of forcing consumers and workers into secret courtrooms where they have no access to a jury and far more limited rights than in the public justice system."

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The Secret Courts Companies Use To Evade Justice

From HuffPost: 9/10/2019.

"The new report from the American Association for Justice shows that not only do companies typically emerge victorious from arbitration, but, perhaps more damning, they rarely even have to use the process."

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