This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson discussing arbitration clauses. A qualified, experienced attorney can help you protect your rights when dealing with arbitration clauses.
JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Lara Johnson. Lara, legal contracts can be very difficult to understand and are often written to protect the company, not the consumer.
LARA: That’s right, Joel. The seventh amendment to the Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights, guarantees your right to a jury trial. Yet contracts for cell phones, cars, nursing homes and others routinely include a clause that, in effect, denies your right to a jury trial and requires you to use the company’s chosen arbitrator to settle the claims. And, if many people have similar claims, these contracts prohibit them from joining together in a class action lawsuit. New rules are proposed to ban clauses that prohibit consumers from joining class actions. Mandatory arbitration clauses have no place in consumer contracts and should be banned, as well.
JOEL: Thanks, Lara. For more information on protecting your rights in contracts, visit the Law Firm of Corson & Johnson at CorsonJohnsonLaw.com. The Law and You is a community service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.
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