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CBS News does great piece on how forced arbitration harms consumers

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Steve Larson

CBS News recently published an article on how forced arbitration harms consumers. The article, “AT&T and DirectTV face thousands of complaints linked to overcharging, promotions” can be read by clicking here.

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BBC World News connects passenger being dragged off of United Airlines plane to unequal bargaining power between consumers and corporations in America as a result of forced arbitration clauses

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Steve Larson

On the April 11, 2017, BBC World News Program, the announcer told a reporter for the Atlantic that traditionally in the United States, if a group of consumers were being treated unfairly by a large corporation, it might result in a lawsuit. The announcer questioned why that was not the case here. The reporter for the Atlantic said that class actions have been vitally important in the past in the United States at leveling the playing field when consumers have disputes with large corporations. The reporter noted that an individual consumer would never have the financial wherewithal to get into a legal dispute with a company the size of United Airlines over an individual claim, but if the claim was on behalf of a number of consumers, that would give the consumers more leverage.

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Class action alleges that Uber charges consumers for longer route than it pays drivers

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Steve Larson

A proposed class action filed in California federal court alleges that Uber’s upfront pricing model charges passengers a higher fare based on a longer route, but requires drivers to take the shortest route, allowing Uber to pocket the difference. The plaintiff alleges that Uber instituted the new “upfront” pricing model sometime between June and September 2016. The upfront pricing model gives prospective riders using the Uber app a fare estimate based on a longer than intended route. Upon conclusion of the ride, the Uber defendants collect the upfront rate from the user based on the longer route and time calculations but do not transmit the full fare collected to the drivers (minus the per transport service fee to which the Uber defendants are entitled).

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Vivian Connell tweet is dark comedy relating to privacy laws

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by Steve Larson

LikeIn her tweet on what happens when you click on “Agree” to terms and conditions, Vivian Connell lists the types of terms you are agreeing to, including the line: “Settlements will be determined by an arbitrator who gets kickbacks from us.”

Here is the link to the video.  tacma.net/tacma.php.

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NLRB judge holds grocery chain’s class action waivers were unenforceable

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Magnifying Glass Over Contract PapersA National Labor Relations Board judge ruled that Sprouts Farmers Markets LLC had violated federal labor law by requiring its workers to sign an arbitration agreement containing a class waiver. The NLRB judge rejected the company’s arguments that the board’s D.R. Horton decision should not apply.

Administrative Law Judge Ira Sandron found that the grocery chain’s arbitration agreement with its workers could not stand in light of the D.R. Horton decision, in which the NLRB held that an employer violates the National Labor Relations Act by requiring employees to waive their right to bring class or collective claims. Read more…

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Forced arbitration undercuts women’s rights

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Steve Larson

Law and justice concept, gavelThe American Association for Justice recently issued a report describing how forced arbitration undercuts women’s rights.  Here is a link to the article.

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