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Forced Arbitration

By Civil Justice Network on 1/14/2015 2:40 PM
Forced arbitration is a term for a contract provision (almost always buried in the fine print) that requires that disputes between the parties be resolved by an “arbitrator,” rather than courts and juries.   Their decisions are binding on the parties and are almost entirely unchallengeable, meaning that even if you can show that the arbitrator clearly made the wrong decision, no one can do anything about it.  In contrast, if a judge makes a mistake at trial, a party can appeal the outcome of the trial to a higher court.  The “forced” part of “forced arbitration” comes from the fact that companies include arbitration provisions in their contracts with consumers, buried in the fine print, that require the consumers to agree to arbitrate a wide variety of issues that may come up in the future between the consumer and the company.   Read More » Comments (0)
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