U.S. Congressional Hearing | “Mandatory Binding Arbitration – Is it Fair and Voluntary?”


As reported by PointofLaw.com, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law held a hearing on September 15th, titled “Mandatory Binding Arbitration – Is it Fair and Voluntary?

Witnesses included:

  • Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson (D-GA), sponsor of H.R. 1020 (a.k.a. “Arbitration Fairness Act”). The Arbitration Fairness Act of 2009 would ban mandatory pre-dispute arbitration in employment, consumer, and franchise contracts. House version: H.R. 1020 and Status. Senate version: S. 931 and Status. (read the testimony here and press release here)
  • Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA), sponsor of H.R. 1237 (a.k.a. “Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act”). The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2009 would render pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts unenforceable. House version: H.R. 1237 and Status. Senate version: S. 512and Status. (read the testimony here and press release here)
  • Alison Hirschel, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. (read the testimony here)
  • Stuart T. Rossman, National Consumer Law Center. (read the testimony here)
  • Stephen J. Ware, University of Kansas School of Law. (read the testimony here)
  • Cliff Palefsky, National Employment Lawyers Association. (read the testimony here)

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