Awesome Anti-arbitration Letter to Editor
Can be found here. Text:
To The Editor: Today a local automotive dealership refused to sell me a car because I refused to forfeit my constitutional right to a jury trial. I refused to sign their arbitration agreement.
Consumers, if you have a dispute with the dealership and you have signed this document, you are required to use an arbitration organization of their choice. You relinquish all rights to a trial by jury, all rights to participate in a class action suit and have very limited access to discovery.
I have never participated in a lawsuit and hopefully never will. I support voluntary arbitration, but this is mandatory. Search online for car dealership arbitration agreements. You won't find one positive comment for this practice.
Question the integrity of a dealership requiring this. Ironically, manufacturers once required dealerships to sign these. Dealerships lobbied for a law (H.R. 534/S 1020) preventing it.
Proponents argued "It is unfair for the stronger party in a contract to insist that the weaker party forfeit the right to access the courts as a condition of doing business."
Ask a dealership in advance if they require arbitration agreements. If they do, walk away. Protect your rights.