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May 2016
Osler “Pete” Peterson
617-969-1500 – Newton
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Dear Subscriber,Forced arbitration is considered by many as a dire and growing threat to our constitutional right to an open and unbiased hearing in court. Yet most Americans have never even heard of it. Take a minute and learn how this issue effects all of us.

Information that makes us safer
These newsletters are based on a simple idea – the more each one of us knows, the better off each us will be. Each newsletter focuses on a topic that relates to the health, wellness, and safety of each of us, our families, and our friends. I hope that you will find the information both interesting and informative, and that each month you can take away at least some nugget, that can make you or your family more secure.

Remember, the safer you remain, the less likely is that you will need the courts, as legal claims are generally only needed when proper safety measures were missing.


Businesses Use Loophole to Deny Day in Court

Tia was sexually harassed by her boss at Circuit City for months. Her story here.

Injustice, Thy Name Is Forced Arbitration

Tia’s employment case against Circuit City was thrown out of court even though her boss sexually harassed her for months, once even exposing his genitals. Javier lost his job when he was deployed overseas despite federal laws protecting employment for members of the Armed services. Alan and other small business owners were told they couldn’t take American Express to court for charging exorbitant exchange rates.

Debbie and several of her classmates tried to hold a trade school accountable for questionable loan practices and substandard instruction but were instead stuck paying the school’s legal fees. Marjorie, Roberta, Richard, Dean, Frances, Beulah, Horace and Mary all suffered terribly and died from nursing home neglect, yet their families were not able to sue the nursing home companies.

How could injustices like these be allowed to exist in America where everyone has the right to take wrongdoers to court? It’s called forced arbitration, and you or a loved one may be next to lose your rights.

More on this growing scam here.


Forced arbitration clauses with class-action waivers were upheld in 132 out of 164 federal cases in 2014, preventing Americans from taking on big companies for predatory lending, wage theft and discrimination.

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A 2015 study found that three out of four consumers didn’t know if they were subject to a forced arbitration clause, and less than 7 percent were aware that they were stripped of their right to go to court.


An estimated 15 to 25 percent of U.S. employers use forced arbitration in employment contracts, which means more than 30 million employees have given up their right to go to court.


Companies Make Rules In Secret

America Tonight uncovers the pervasive use of forced arbitration clauses in the fine print of just about every product, service or employment contract. View video.

Forced Arbitration “Isn’t Open, Isn’t Fair”

Rep. Hank Johnson, a sponsor of the Arbitration Fairness Act, speaks to the House of Representatives about the injustice of mandatory arbitration. View video.

Young Couple Feels Robbed

This New York Times video tells how a young couple felt robbed by mandatory arbitration when a used car dealership arbitrarily repossessed their car. View video.

Trapped By The Fine Print

Businesses are using forced arbitration to deprive Americans of their constitutional rights. The American Association for Justice outlines how you could be signing away your rights – and what you can do to fight back.

Learn more

AAJ Calls Out Businesses

Corporations are using forced arbitration to hide wrongdoing, says Gary M. Paul, former president of the American Association for Justice.

Listen now

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