Benefits Of Arbitration Pacts Hotly Debated At House Hearing

By Vin Gurrieri (May 16, 2019, 7:26 PM EDT) -- A fault line emerged at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday over whether arbitration agreements that limit class actions are beneficial for workers and consumers, with proponents of such pacts saying they give people a chance to pursue small-dollar claims and opponents arguing instead that they make potential claims vanish.

The hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law — titled "Justice Denied: Forced Arbitration and the Erosion of Our Legal System" — centered on arbitration agreements that require employees and consumers to resolve disputes with businesses in individual arbitration rather than in court or as part...

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