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The Arbitration Fairness Act of 2011 has been introduced by several U.S. senators and members of Congress, and it is legislation that deserves your vocal support. Designed to remedy recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings against consumers on arbitration issues, the legislation’s goal is to restore consumers’ rights to seek redress in courts. This legislation would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in consumer, employment and civil rights cases. It would allow consumers to choose between courts of law and arbitration panels AFTER the disputes arise, rather than being forced to participate in arbitration only. The legislation would also ban forced arbitration in nursing home cases.
Call your Senator and Congressman to urge them to support this legislation. The Senate bill is S. 987 and the House of Representatives version is H.R. 1873, The U.S. Senate bill S. 987 has 12 co-sponsors, and H.R. 1873 has 64 co-sponsors. Passage of the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2011 would be a gigantic step back toward an even playing field in disputes between big businesses and consumers.