Over the past decade, corporations have increasingly placed arbitration clauses into consumer and employment agreements and contracts. These arbitration clauses, which are often part of non-negotiable form contracts, require you to use private arbitration rather than courts to resolve legal disputes. Today, almost every type of contract includes an arbitration clause. If you have a credit card, use a cellphone, get cable or Internet service, or shop online, then you have likely agreed to private arbitration. These clauses also exist in many gig economy job contracts.
These companies and corporations use these clauses as a way to circumvent the courts and bar people from joining together in class-action lawsuits. Although companies are trying to restrict the rights of consumers to bring their claims to court, our attorneys at Crosner Legal aren’t going to stand idly by.
While arbitration clauses may bar you from joining together with other employees or consumers to mount class-action lawsuits, mass arbitration can be a way to still gain an advantage on a group-wide scale and give you negotiating power. Mass arbitration involves groups of workers or consumers initiating arbitration claims against the same company simultaneously. This can trigger the defendants’ obligation to pay fees and costs for each individual claim.
Having legal representation may put you in a better position to win your arbitration claim. In fact, hiring an attorney is the factor most strongly associated with a plaintiff’s arbitration success. Although many companies and employers are trying to restrict your right to bring your claim to court, Crosner Legal is here to help.