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Richardson Family Weekly Home Featured in Washington Post
Sunday, 14 July 2002

Washington Post: No Suits Allowed - Increasingly, Arbitration Is the Only Recourse
Five weeks after Dawn and Scott Richardson and their family moved into their new $300,000 house in Austin, they moved out. Dawn Richardson says the house had become so contaminated with toxic mold and volatile chemicals -- benzene and formaldehyde and more -- that she and her then-16-month-old daughter suffered bloody noses, rashes, dizziness, shortness of breath and neurological disorders... Richardson is convinced she won't get a fair hearing. "We have not found a single example of a single homeowner who's ever won against a builder in binding arbitration," she said. "Why would an AAA [American Arbitration Association] arbitrator find in favor of the consumer when AAA is Weekley's exclusive arbitration firm? If the arbitrator finds against Weekley Homes, AAA will no longer be on the contract, and the arbitrator may be blackballed from future work."

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"Leaky Weekleys" Moldy 'Lemon' Homes Denied Day In Court Weekley Boys Privatize the 'Justice' Syste
Monday, 08 July 2002

 A major developer of this privatized "justice" is David Weekley Homes, both in its own right and through brother Richard Weekleyís Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR). Since 1997, TLR's huge PAC has spent $2.6 million on all three branches of Texas government (see table). "

Link: http://www.tpj.org/Lobby_Watch/arbitrationhomes.html

 
"Leaky Weekleys" Moldy 'Lemon' Homes Denied Day In Court Weekley Boys Privatize the 'Justice' Syste
Monday, 08 July 2002

 A major developer of this privatized "justice" is David Weekley Homes, both in its own right and through brother Richard Weekleyís Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR). Since 1997, TLR's huge PAC has spent $2.6 million on all three branches of Texas government (see table). "

Link: http://www.tpj.org/Lobby_Watch/arbitrationhomes.html

 
A NEW THREAT TO CIVIL JUSTICE
Monday, 01 July 2002

The Assault on Arbitration by Texans for Lawsuit Reform (President Richard Weekley, Texas homebuilder David Weekley's brother) "Another bill, S.B. 1706, would have prohibited the use of pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements in many contracts, such as employment contracts, and would have imposed new restrictions on other arbitrations. The bill, opposed by TLR, failed to pass."

NOTE: S.B. 1706 was specifically for contracts that mandated binding arbitration without disclosing the high cost, and possible abuse, such as the contract used by David Weekley.

Link: http://www.tortreform.com/archives/tlrarbit.pdf

 
A NEW THREAT TO CIVIL JUSTICE
Monday, 01 July 2002

The Assault on Arbitration by Texans for Lawsuit Reform (President Richard Weekley, Texas homebuilder David Weekley's brother) "Another bill, S.B. 1706, would have prohibited the use of pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements in many contracts, such as employment contracts, and would have imposed new restrictions on other arbitrations. The bill, opposed by TLR, failed to pass."

NOTE: S.B. 1706 was specifically for contracts that mandated binding arbitration without disclosing the high cost, and possible abuse, such as the contract used by David Weekley.

Link: http://www.tortreform.com/archives/tlrarbit.pdf

 
The Seventh Amendment A 100 Years of Government Encroachment
Sunday, 30 June 2002

"Seen historically therefore, the Seventh Amendment, the right to trial by jury in civil cases involving more than $20, is a bulwark of political liberty rather than a procedural amendment. Its purpose was to provide the citizen protection against the government. The Founding Fathers included many lawyers who knew this would make the judicial system slower, more inefficient and more cumbersome. They saw this as a small price to pay for protecting freedom from corrupt or tyrannical judges or from powerful or rich persons with unfair influence."

Link: http://newt.org/index.php?src=news&prid=135

 
The Seventh Amendment A 100 Years of Government Encroachment
Sunday, 30 June 2002

"Seen historically therefore, the Seventh Amendment, the right to trial by jury in civil cases involving more than $20, is a bulwark of political liberty rather than a procedural amendment. Its purpose was to provide the citizen protection against the government. The Founding Fathers included many lawyers who knew this would make the judicial system slower, more inefficient and more cumbersome. They saw this as a small price to pay for protecting freedom from corrupt or tyrannical judges or from powerful or rich persons with unfair influence."

Link: http://newt.org/index.php?src=news&prid=135

 
The Secrecy of Binding Arbitration
Tuesday, 04 June 2002
"Arbitration, Other Matters: Each party agrees to keep all Disputes and arbitration proceedings strictly confidential, except for disclosing of information required in the ordinary course of business of the parties or by applicable law or regulation." --Contract Clark Wilson Homes, Inc. Austin Texas.

NOTE: Does this mean no media attention? No protesting? No letters to our Senators and State Reps? Or to the Texas Attorney Generals Office? (as if that would do any good.)

 
The Secrecy of Binding Arbitration
Tuesday, 04 June 2002
"Arbitration, Other Matters: Each party agrees to keep all Disputes and arbitration proceedings strictly confidential, except for disclosing of information required in the ordinary course of business of the parties or by applicable law or regulation." --Contract Clark Wilson Homes, Inc. Austin Texas.

NOTE: Does this mean no media attention? No protesting? No letters to our Senators and State Reps? Or to the Texas Attorney Generals Office? (as if that would do any good.)

 
Texas Lawyer on Binding Arbitration
Sunday, 02 June 2002

Mandatory Arbitration Hits Home
Texas and federal courts provide little protection to consumers trapped in arbitration agreements. The recent housing surge in the Lone Star State gave rise to a number of disputes between homeowners and homebuilders. Many homeowners learned, to their chagrin, that during the excitement of signing the contracts for their dream homes, they may have inadvertently signed away the constitutional right to have juries settle complaints against the homebuilders...In April 2002, Texas Lawyer reported an ongoing case of Dawn Richardson, an Austin homeowner, who filed a suit against David Weekley Homes after she learned that her family's new home allegedly was contaminated with dangerous levels of toxic mold and volatile organic compounds such as benzene, benzaldehyde, decane, heptane,formaldehyde, methylbenzene, octane, styrene and xylene.

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Arbitration Should Stand on it's Own
Tuesday, 28 May 2002

"Arbitration clauses should be removed from new home contracts as a prerequisite
to purchasing the home. Only when a dispute arises should the owner be given the option of binding arbitration instead of the current court system. Only when the extra fees, rules, procedures, and backgrounds of the arbitrators are openly disclosed to the homeowner can they make a reasonable and educated decision."

"Disclosure of the facts to reach an informed choice will allow binding arbitration to stand on it's own or fall on it's farce."

Link: /hobbv1/arbitration2.txt

 
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