Profit Motive Fuels Attack on Civil Justice Protections in 2017

Advocates for individual rights might someday call 2017 The Year of Reversal for an unprecedented number of attacks on America’s civil justice system. Pick your poison for examples, from the rollback of restrictions on forced arbitration to passage of legislation that will weaken protections against medical malpractice and nursing home abuse to a slew of  proposed “tort reform” measures. At the root of all of these initiatives is corporate profits rather than the safety and legal rights of all Americans. Here’s a closer look.

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Forced Arbitration Hurts Those Who Are Already Victims

Forced arbitration clauses, which are now used in a wide range of companies, prevent a wronged party from bringing a case to court and are now found in over 55 percent of employment contracts. Instead, the dispute must be settled in secret arbitrations, usually by an arbitrator chosen by the defendant. In cases of sexual assault or harassment, these forced arbitration clauses can prevent harassers from receiving public or legal consequences, opening the door for serial and long-term harassment.

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