July 20, 2016

Without realizing it, many people sign away their rights to go to court, their rights to a jury, and their rights to other legal precedents when accepting everyday agreements (credit card contracts, employment contracts, click through agreements when making online purchases, etc.). This is due to forced arbitration clauses that are usually buried in the fine text of the agreements. Erroneously, many individuals believe that forced arbitration is the same as mediation (having a third party facilitate a mutually agreeable settlement between the two parties), but this is not true.

The use of forced arbitration has increased dramatically because it allows corporations to avoid courts and the accountability involved in court proceedings. This report from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) provides in-depth information on what forced arbitration is, its history, and the current landscape regarding its use.

Download the full PDF report.