Hardships of Arbitration Worse for Deployed Soldier, Article Says
What would it feel like to make a huge sacrifice for your country, only to find that the legal rights that you thought your country embraced--constitutional rights that are cherished and relied upon to ensure that justice is available to all people--had been stolen from you with the stroke of a pen? On MoJo blog, Stephanie Mencimer considers this in her follow-up blog to her story from yesterday on the perils of arbitration.
Today's story ends with a moral even more troubling than yesterday's: it doesn't matter if you're serving your country or serving french fries, we're all equally susceptible to the abuses of arbitration. Excerpt from the article below:
...The rules in arbitration are a lot different than the regular courts, in ways that create hardships for consumers. Those hardships are a lot worse if you happen to be deployed to Iraq.
...Of course, the public also bears the cost of sleazy car dealers and finance companies, too, in a far more direct way, as Longo's client discovered. While Hantler is on the public speaking circuit selling tort reform to business groups, Longo's client, who might tell the other side of that story, has been instructed by the military to stay out of the press. Longo asked that we not publish his client's name, but he says the case is a classic example of why most consumers are much better off in the traditional legal system rather than in private arbitration.
This guy can't even speak out about what's happened to him. What a good reminder that we should cherish at the very least our freedom to challenge the abuses of arbitration by speaking our minds and spreading the word about how it impacts real-life consumers. The business groups who are taking advantage of consumers and the law by slipping arbitration provisions into every-day contracts all stealth-style, are certainly exercising their rights to speak out in favor of the use of arbitration clauses against consumers. But this isn't only about speaking out--it's about demanding that actions be taken. This is about legal rights--not just as concepts but as they affect the quality of real people's lives.
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