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Arbitration should be fair, not forced.

Most people don’t know that arbitration clauses are buried in the fine print of many contracts for purchasing products and services, and even for obtaining employment. These clauses force people to give up their right to go to court – even if a company harms them or rips them off. Instead, consumers are forced into arbitration.

In arbitration there is no impartial judge or jury. Arbitrators do not have to follow the law, and decisions are rarely appealable. Civil rights and consumer protection laws can become meaningless in arbitration. Because arbitration proceedings are usually secretive, companies’ illegal wrongdoing against consumers and workers is rarely subject to public oversight.

This is why we need a federal law to make arbitration truly voluntary. Eliminating forced arbitration clauses from contracts will give us – consumers and workers – the power to choose between going to court or using arbitration after a dispute arises.

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Urge your members of Congress to support the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act and protect important consumer and worker rights.

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