Am I Dreaming? SF sues NAF on behalf of consumers
Pinch me. San Francisco just filed suit against the National Arbitration Forum, what many say is the most unfair arbitration company out there, for what appears from a groundbreaking Public Citizen report to be an extreme and blatant bias against consumers in disputes against corporations.
Tort Deform bloggers have written about this before. (Here's a good read for those unfamiliar with this issue, or visit our archive). Civil justice and public interest organizations have come out of the woodwork to stand up against binding mandatory arbitration. The list of bma opponents goes on and on. Yet despite all the whoops and hollers, it seems that many people are either a) unaware that binding mandatory arbitration agreements exist, and to such a pervasive extent, or b) unconvinced that binding mandatory arbitration poses fairness problems for the individuals who find themselves in a dispute and restricted to this forum for resolution of the dispute.
This lawsuit should spread awareness about this important issue, which affects each and every one of us. Now, whether this dream will come true via a consumer victory is yet to be seen.