At Leopold & Associates, we represent families fighting for their rights against insurance companies and other corporations who have caused injury or other harm. The cornerstone of our American system of civil justice is the idea that any person who feels that have been wronged can file a lawsuit in a court of law and have that suit heard by a jury of their peers. However, over the last decade, billion-dollar corporations have been making it harder for consumers to have their day in Court through a process known as arbitration.
A recent study by the University of California Davis Law School found that 81 of the largest 100 corporations in America stick legal clauses in the fine print of their customer agreements that bar customers from suing the company in Court if a dispute arises. Instead, consumers are forced into out of court arbitration where a single arbitrator, often picked by the company, can decide everything from whether a consumer can be compensated for a terrible injury caused by a defective product to whether an employee can seek relief for unpaid wages or discrimination. Last month, the United States House of Representatives took the first step in banning this practice and ensuring people’s rights to allow their disputes to be heard before a court and a jury. Continue reading