When it comes to judicial confirmations, predictions about what President Obama might achieve in a Republican-controlled Senate have not been optimistic. Some congressional scholars have said that a “total shutdown” of confirmations is “not out of the question,” and that a “Republican Senate would undoubtedly stop confirmation on virtually all Obama-nominated judges[.]” Yesterday, Talking Points… Read more »
Your rights are getting lost in the fine print
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Over the past several decades, a conservative-led campaign has eviscerated the ability of Americans to have their day in court.
We fight to hold the court to the highest ethical standards, and we fight for a court that upholds the rights of everyday Americans.
AT&T has a notorious place in the annals of forced arbitration. When customers were charged more than $30.00 each for phones AT&T said would be free, they tried to band together to sue the company. AT&T appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. In a decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the five-member conservative majority ruled that AT&Ts forced arbitration clause shut the customers out of court.
Workers at Amazon.com warehouses, employed by Integrity Staffing, are required to undergo a mandatory search of their body and belongings before being permitted to leave the facility. The search, which is similar to that conducted at airports, requires employees to empty their pockets, have their bags searched, and walk through a metal detector. Long lines often form at the screening stations, requiring workers to wait up to 25 minutes before they can leave the premises.
After analyzing data from previous administrations AFJ concludes that “neither the White House nor Senate Democrats should yield to the narrative of an inevitable confirmation shutdown.”
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 6, 2014: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today concerning The Supreme Court deciding not to hear marriage equality cases: It is disappointing that the Supreme Court declined to take any of the marriage equality cases decided by federal appeals courts. In 2013, in its decisions on the… Read more »
20-minute video shows how forced arbitration forces victims out of court The full video and a trailer are available at www.lostinthefineprint.org WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT 6, 2014: Everyday Americans whose rights were taken away by big companies tell their stories in a powerful new video released today by Alliance for Justice. Lost in the Fine… Read more »
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AFJ’s Michelle Schwartz talks forced arbitration and AFJ’s new film, Lost in the Fine Print.
AFJ’s Michelle Schwartz is interviewed about forced arbitration and AFJ’s 2014 First Monday Film, Lost in the Fine Print.
The previous three Presidents who served two terms—George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan—spent their last two years in office with the Senate under the control of the opposition party. Polls suggest that Obama and the Democrats may meet the same fate.
The video tells the story of three everyday people who found themselves trapped in a system rigged to favor corporate wrongdoers and what that did to their lives and livelihoods. Together we can send a clear message that it’s unacceptable for corporations to use forced arbitration to duck accountability for their actions and exempt themselves from the civil rights and consumer laws that are the foundation of a just society.