Huffington Post says forced arbitration threatens independent judiciary

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015 by Steve Larson

fine printOn October 4, 2015, David Morris, the Director of The Public Good Initiative at the Institute For Local Self-Reliance, wrote an article for The Huffington Post entitled “Corporations Now Have Their Own Private Judiciary System.”  The article explains the growth of forced arbitration after a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which the author argued amounted to a “judicial coup against an independent judiciary.” Throughout the article Morris highlighted many of the inherent deficiencies of forced arbitration, including: a lack of safeguards that ensure due process that exist in court, the fact that individuals may be required to travel thousands of miles to attend arbitration proceedings, and the inherent conflicts of interest between the arbitrators and the corporations that employ them. Morris concludes by arguing that “we need to publicize how much damage 5 men on the Supreme Court have done to the integrity of our judicial system.”