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A Wall Street Journal reporter calls for abolition of mandatory arbitration

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by Steve Larson

Magnifying Glass Over Contract PapersIn a recent posting on the Wall Street on Parade, Pamela Martens and Russell Martens describe a book written by Scott Patterson, a Wall Street Journal Reporter describing how the United States Securities Market has become one vast dark pool.  Read more…

Subscriber class action filed against Forbes, Dow Jones and New York Times

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by Steve Larson

TimesForbes, Inc., Dow Jones & Co., Inc. and The New York Times Co. have been named in a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in New York. The suit alleges that the publications were part of a scheme that resulted in their subscribers being overbilled.  According to the complaint, the publications provided subscriber lists to a third party vendor who sent renewal notices to subscribers at inflated rates. The third party vendor would then retain the overbilled portion.

Changes at Public Justice

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Paul Bland has become the new Executive Director for Public Justice.  Arthur Bryant is now the chairman.  Here is a link to an interview with Arthur Bryant about the importance of Public Justice.

Class action against GM alleges recalls have reduced value of all GM vehicles

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Steve Larson

CarA recently filed class action lawsuit alleges that GM’s reputation has been so badly damaged by its recent onslaught of recalls that even vehicles not included in the recalls have depreciated in value, according to a consumer class action filed Wednesday seeking more than $10 billion on behalf of all GM vehicle owners. Read more…

The Nation says forced arbitration is screwing consumers

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Magnifying Glass Over Contract PapersThe Nation has published a very accurate article about how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions allowing forced arbitration is screwing consumers.  Here is the link.

Dale Irwin explains unfairness of arbitration clauses in article in Kansas City Star

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Magnifying Glass Over Contract PapersJenn, a waitress at a chain restaurant, left her job because a male coworker kept verbally and physically abusing her, despite her constant complaints to management.

Believing a court and jury would find that unacceptable, she filed suit for sex discrimination. Her employer tried to get her suit thrown out of court, claiming she had signed away her right to a jury trial in order to get her job waiting tables.

Only then did she realize why she had been required to sign an arbitration agreement. It was to shield her employer from a jury. Read more…

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