The recent Supreme Court decision against arbitration was yet another victory for corporations over the rights of citizens. The case was decided along partisan lines, with Republican nominated justices providing the majority pro-corporate opinion.
It is time we fight back.
Arbitration is, in essence privatized justice where the legal ball is always in the corporation’s court. It is essentially being forced on consumers in a manner strangely reminiscent of price fixing and collusion. This will not stand. We live in a time where corporate rule has led directly to the entirely preventable disasters in Japan and in the Gulf of Mexico. They have been granted ever more power to directly influence our government with their massive financial resources. This is not about drawing a line in the sand. It is about recognizing that corporations now have far more say in our system of government than we do, and resolving to fight back any way we can.
One way to fight back would be to campaign to outlaw arbitration. We need a coordinated, grassroots campaign to provide consistent and compelling communications to convey how arbitration puts citizens at risk while allowing corporations to get away with crimes. We need legislation prohibiting the use of arbitration clauses to lock consumers into a lopsided means of conflict resolution.
Call your legislator today. Let’s outlaw arbitration and snatch this victory back from the jaws of SCOTUS.