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Victory for Consumer Rights: General Mills Drops its Forced Arbitration Clause

General Mills announced on April 19, 2014 that it removed a forced arbitration clause in its terms of service. Forced arbitration is an abusive practice where corporations force customers into a dispute mill that is rigged and secretive.  The corporations pick the arbitrator and the arbitrator's decision is final - you have no ability to appeal or ever go to court.

AAJ Highway Safety Advocates Take to the Hill

Every year over 3,000 people died in trucking accidents in the U.S.  Today, members of AAJ’s trucking litigation group traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for their clients who are killed and injured in trucking accidents and call on Congress to improve safety in the trucking industry.  

In one-on-one meetings, AAJ’s attorneys asked Members of Congress to raise an outdated 30 year old insurance limit on tractor trailers.  Fatal truck crashes costs approximately $4.3 million in direct costs today, but the insurance minimum for trucks has remained at $750,000 since 1980.  Without adequate insurance limits for the trucking industry, all consumers pay the price when a vehicle and truck collide.  

Kentucky Nursing Homes Need More Accountability Not Less

Senate Bill 9, which was just introduced in Kentucky, is an alarming effort by the nursing home industry to avoid responsibility and reduce their accountability when caring for our loved ones.

Contrary to the industry proposal, our seniors deserve an unbiased venue in which to make their cases without paying higher costs or increasing the size of our government. 

Please join in this fight to protect those we love living in these facilities. If you live in KY, please call your State Senator today at 1-800-372-7181 and urge them to vote no on SB 9. 

To learn more about SB 9 and its harmful effects, watch the video below and click here

BREAKING NEWS: Senate Passes the SMART Act

The Senate has just passed the SMART Act, which passed earlier this week in the House.  More information to come when it is signed into law.

Please see our statement from the House passage here.

 

AAJ Response on House Passage of the SMART Act

The House of Representatives has passed the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act, which was co-sponsored by Reps Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI).

AAJ President Mary Alice McLarty had this to say:

“This bipartisan legislation is a practical solution that will streamline the Medicare Secondary Payer system to ensure that seniors and persons with disabilities get timely assistance and taxpayers are repaid millions of dollars every year.”

PayPal Users Beware!

Starting November 1st, PayPal will be the latest company to include a clause in its user agreement that would eliminate the right to seek justice in a court room. This clause would force consumers into arbitration.

Fine-Print Can Limit Your Rights After Harm or Injury

The Washington Post had a column today from Keiser Health News warning consumers against signing away their rights due to clauses found in the fine-print of nursing home contracts.

Homeowners Still Without Relief from Chinese Drywall

It took more than three years, but a Chinese company’s efforts to evade responsibility for selling defective drywall in the U.S. may slowly be hitting a brick wall. Taishan Gypsum sold more than 10 million pounds of dangerous drywall, linked to metal corrosion, sulfuric gases, headaches, asthma, and other health problems here in the U.S. But for homeowners like Bill Morgan and his family, who paid the price for a foreign company’s dangerous product, the battle has been too long.

Third Circuit Deals Blow to Consumers Forced into Arbitration

The Third Circuit issued an opinion in Homa v. American Express this week that wiped out consumers’ hope for meaningful access to justice when faced with a forced arbitration clause.  The court found that when a forced arbitration clause with a class action ban is included in the fine print of a contract, individual arbitration is the consumer’s only remedy – even if a consumer can prove that the cost of arbitration is so high that it is not a viable option.