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Google Ending Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment, Assault

Responding to internal pressures, Google will end forced arbitration for its current and future employees starting March 21. Spurred by employee protests and walkouts last year, the Menlo Park, California-based tech giant says it will no longer include a forced arbitration clause in its regular employee contracts. The arbitration agreements Google is ditching required workers to waive their right to sue the company for sexual harassment and sexual assault. Google will also strike mandatory arbitration requirements for employees of Google subsidiary companies, including X research and development lab, the DeepMind AI program, and the Access broadband unit. But the changes ... Read More

Nursing home patients should be entitled to sue over abuse, neglect

Chrishelle Worley said she was joking when she sprayed cleaning solution into the eyes of the nursing home resident she was charged with caring for as a nursing aid. The 41-year-old man could not move or speak. Had it not been for an anonymous tip, no one would have ever known that the patient had been tortured. Worley, who pleaded guilty to patient abuse, worked at Park East Care and Rehab Center in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the same nursing home where a patient with a tracheotomy died after nursing staff twice neglected to suction out his breathing tube, federal ... Read More

Supreme Court to decide ruling in KY nursing home binding arbitration case

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether residents of a Kentucky nursing home should be forced into the binding arbitration agreements their representatives signed when they moved into the long term care facilities. The Kentucky justices last year consolidated three cases from residents of the Shady Lawn Nursing Home and the Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation. Both facilities made the residents or their representatives sign binding arbitration clauses in their new resident contracts and were subsequently hit with lawsuits in circuit court alleging injuries, wrongful death of residents, and violations of state law. The facilities, owned by parent companies ... Read More

CMS rule to protect nursing home patients put on hold by opposition

The American Health Care Association, a group representing the nursing home industry, has filed a lawsuit to stop the Centers from Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from ordering nursing homes to remove binding arbitration clauses in their new resident contracts, which strip nursing home patients and their families of their right to file lawsuits in the event of elder abuse, neglect or even murder. The CMS rule, set to go into effect Nov. 28, ordered nursing homes to remove the clauses if they want to receive government funds to offset costs for patients. These forced arbitration agreements require patients to ... Read More

FCC To Take Aim At Forced-Arbitration In Coming Weeks

Federal telecom regulators took a big pro-consumer stride Thursday by approving new rules that could significantly limit the ability of cable and phone companies to farm their customers’ personal data while vowing to proceed with further legislative action in February that takes aim at “mandatory arbitration” clauses in customer agreements. Currently, Internet service providers (ISPs) have free reign over most sensitive customer data. Telecom companies can gather information about customers’ finances, health, children, geolocation, social security numbers, web browsing history, application usage, and much more. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new rules establish clear and enforceable policies about how companies ... Read More

U.S. Senator Drafting Bill To Help Wells Fargo Customers Harmed By Bank Fraud

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said Monday he plans to introduce a bill that would bar Wells Fargo from shielding itself behind forced arbitration clauses buried in consumer contracts. The bill would make it easier for customers to sue Wells Fargo for compensation and damages resulting from fake accounts the bank opened without their consent. Sen. Brown, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, has joined the chorus of lawmakers and other officials, including Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in condemning Wells Fargo for defrauding its own customers, then denying them a day in court. On ... Read More

New website monitors how corporations, lobbyists are eroding our Constitutional rights

Alarmed by the corporate lobby’s aggressive efforts to undermine the U.S. civil justice system, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) has launched a new website and blog called Take Justice Back. The aim of the website is to keep U.S. citizens informed about how their rights and protections, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, are being eroded by powerful corporations and lobbying groups trying to escape accountability. Armed with hundreds of millions of dollars, these corporate interests have infiltrated Congress and are using their financial might “scheming up ways to avoid accountability when they hurt someone,” the AAJ says. The “Tort ... Read More

Hot Coffee documentary showcasing dangers of tort reform airs June 27

Susan Saladoff’s documentary Hot Coffee, which offers an unsettling glimpse at the tactics many giant corporations use to strip everyday Americans of some basic rights, has been racking up critical acclaim ahead of its premiere on HBO June 27th. Hot Coffee centers on the famous McDonald’s coffee incident that left Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident with serious burns. Liebeck was a passenger in her nephew’s car when she positioned a cup of coffee between her knees so she could remove the lid and add cream and sugar. The coffee spilled, giving Ms. Liebeck third-degree burns on her ... Read More

Supreme Court ruling throws consumer rights to the wolves

The U.S. Supreme Court has made another monumental ruling that empowers corporations while stripping everyday Americans of their consumer rights. In a 5-4 vote last week, the justices ruled to allow corporations the right to ban class actions in the small print of their contracts. “Now, whenever you sign a contract to get a cell phone, open a bank account or take a job, you may be giving up your right to hold companies accountable for fraud, discrimination or other illegal practices,” the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen said in a response to the ruling. The case originated with Liza ... Read More

Rape victim jumps arbitration hurdle, reclaims right to trial

One would think that a woman who is gang raped by seven coworkers, then locked in a shipping container for more than 24 hours without food, water or even a bed, would be able to find justice. After all, this is the United States. We have justice written into our constitution, our pledge of allegiance, and the very fabric of society. But for Jamie Leigh Jones, a 21-year-old Halliburton computer technician working in Iraq, obtaining justice against those fellow Halliburton employees who brutalized her has been a long, complicated and arduous battle. For years, Jones has been seeking compensation against ... Read More