Supreme Court helps AT&T wage war on its customers

I’ve learned that in 2011’s AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion decision, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed AT&T Mobility to place clauses in their contracts which force customers to settle disputes in private arbitration AND prevent customers from bringing class action lawsuits or even class arbitration against them. It sounds like the Supreme Court has joined forces with large corporations in their war on consumers.

CNET documented this in 2012: Why you can’t sue your wireless carrier in a class action. According to its author, Marguerite Reardon, “all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. include such arbitration-only clauses in their contracts”. How did we allow this to happen? Do you suppose that the carriers’ lobbyists (spending customers’ money) had something to do with it?

Will Carless wrote about this disgrace in May in Justice for Sale, Part Three: The War on Consumer Class Actions. He states,

By inserting “mandatory arbitration clauses” into their contracts, companies ranging from auto dealers to cell phone companies to health care providers have cut off their customers’ access to the courts, forcing them instead to settle disputes in private arbitration.

Welcome to The Machine. Welcome to 21st Century Corporatocracy.

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