In our democracy, the courts hold out the promise of safeguarding everyone, regardless of wealth and power. But that fundamental promise of equal justice under law is facing a severe threat.
That threat is the topic of a powerful brief documentary from Alliance for Justice, which I had the pleasure of narrating. It’s called Lost in the Fine Print.
Buried in everyday agreements for products, services, and jobs is fine print saying when you are harmed, you can’t go before an impartial jury or judge. Instead, these forced arbitration clauses send you to a decision-maker picked by the company that wronged you. Not surprisingly, one study found that arbitrators rule for companies over consumers 94 percent of the time. And you’re stuck with their decision because there’s no appeal. It’s a rigged system that helps companies evade responsibility for violating anti-discrimination, consumer protection, and public health laws.
Lost in the Fine Print tells the stories of three Americans victimized by forced arbitration. But that’s only the beginning. Alliance for Justice also has resources to help you fight back.
Join me and Alliance for Justice in the fight against forced arbitration. As I say in the video, what's been lost in the fine print can once again be found with strong voices. Our voices. I urge you to use yours.
John Gear is a Salem attorney in solo practice