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Thursday, June 20, 2013

AFJ: Roberts Court again expands corporate power to deny access to justice

Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant:

Today, a majority of the Supreme Court expanded the power of major corporations to deny Americans access to justice.  In upholding American Express’s forced arbitration clause, the Court’s majority has denied small businesses harmed by large corporations’ monopolistic practices the ability to stand up for their rights.  American Express admits this will deny plaintiffs any hope of compensation for valid legal claims, but, as Justice Kagan wrote, the majority says:  “Too darn bad.”

It is the latest in a series of decisions that make it significantly more difficult to hold big businesses accountable for their actions. Congress must act to ensure that the rights our laws secure for all Americans are not subsumed by arbitration clauses and a corporate-friendly Court.

Read more about Forced Arbitration

Read more about the Roberts Court’s bias toward big business 

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