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From Texas Watch:
Monday, 12 August 2002

You may have unknowingly waived your constitutional right to a trial by jury when you purchased you new home, used your credit card or made a long-distance phone call. Today, mandatory arbitration agreements are found in almost all consumer contracts, and they are successfully being used by big corporations to block access to courts by consumers who have been treated unfairly. Go to www.texaswatch.org to learn more about arbitration and its pitfalls for consumers.

 
Thanks to Texas Watch at www.texaswatch.org for providing this information
Monday, 12 August 2002
Two Texas Legislative Committees are currently studying the effects of arbitration.  Go to http://capwiz.com/txwatch/issues/alert/?alertid=392556&type=CU   to send an email to the Committee chairmen asking them to prevent companies from limiting consumers rights through arbitration agreements.
 
From Texas Watch:
Monday, 12 August 2002

You may have unknowingly waived your constitutional right to a trial by jury when you purchased you new home, used your credit card or made a long-distance phone call. Today, mandatory arbitration agreements are found in almost all consumer contracts, and they are successfully being used by big corporations to block access to courts by consumers who have been treated unfairly. Go to www.texaswatch.org to learn more about arbitration and its pitfalls for consumers.

 
Thanks to Texas Watch at www.texaswatch.org for providing this information
Monday, 12 August 2002
Two Texas Legislative Committees are currently studying the effects of arbitration.  Go to http://capwiz.com/txwatch/issues/alert/?alertid=392556&type=CU   to send an email to the Committee chairmen asking them to prevent companies from limiting consumers rights through arbitration agreements.
 
Consumers say arbitration means quick frustration
Saturday, 03 August 2002

By Adolfo Pesquera Express-News Business Writer. Consumers also have complaints about the high cost of an arbitration. Arbitration cases where damage claims exceed $75,000 typically cost consumers $6,000 to $20,000 more than trying the same case in court, say spokesmen for Public Citizen and the Association for American Retired Persons.

Link: http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=110&xlc=774590&xld=110

 
Consumers say arbitration means quick frustration
Saturday, 03 August 2002

By Adolfo Pesquera Express-News Business Writer. Consumers also have complaints about the high cost of an arbitration. Arbitration cases where damage claims exceed $75,000 typically cost consumers $6,000 to $20,000 more than trying the same case in court, say spokesmen for Public Citizen and the Association for American Retired Persons.

Link: http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=110&xlc=774590&xld=110

 
Michigan - Arbitration forced on consumers
Friday, 02 August 2002

Critics say new rule favors contractors; builders contend it will make complaint process more efficient 
A new law, signed by Gov. John Engler on July 31, makes it mandatory for consumers to go to arbitration if the builder seeks negotiations and provides a third party to conduct them. Previously, the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services handled all consumer complaints by holding formal hearings.

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There's no way to arbitrate this issue Critics, firms at odds on policy
Tuesday, 30 July 2002

By Caroline E. Mayer The Washington Post. Arbitrators can limit an aggrieved individual's access to a company's documents, thus possibly reducing support for the complaint. Arbitrations are decided in private. Decisions are kept confidential, so consumers don't necessarily learn what the arbitrator based a decision on. And many consumer agreements call for the arbitration firm to be chosen by the company being complained about.

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/printedition/chi-0207300207jul30.story?coll=chi%2Dprintbusiness%2Dhed
 
There's no way to arbitrate this issue Critics, firms at odds on policy
Tuesday, 30 July 2002

By Caroline E. Mayer The Washington Post. Arbitrators can limit an aggrieved individual's access to a company's documents, thus possibly reducing support for the complaint. Arbitrations are decided in private. Decisions are kept confidential, so consumers don't necessarily learn what the arbitrator based a decision on. And many consumer agreements call for the arbitration firm to be chosen by the company being complained about.

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/printedition/chi-0207300207jul30.story?coll=chi%2Dprintbusiness%2Dhed
 
No Suits Allowed Increasingly, Arbitration Is the Only Recourse
Sunday, 14 July 2002

By Caroline E. Mayer Washington Post Staff Writer.

As an arbitrator, you're going to get work as long as parties choose to use you, and if this is your career or it makes up a good part of your practice, then if you render a decision that is unpopular" with parties that frequently use arbitration, they "may not choose to use you again."…The homeowner is convinced she won't get a fair hearing.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64365-2002Jul13.html 

 
No Suits Allowed Increasingly, Arbitration Is the Only Recourse
Sunday, 14 July 2002

By Caroline E. Mayer Washington Post Staff Writer.

As an arbitrator, you're going to get work as long as parties choose to use you, and if this is your career or it makes up a good part of your practice, then if you render a decision that is unpopular" with parties that frequently use arbitration, they "may not choose to use you again."…The homeowner is convinced she won't get a fair hearing.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64365-2002Jul13.html 

 
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