More on the Arbitration Fairness Act
July 23, 2008
Today’s Wall Street Journal Letters column features three rebuttals to last week’s op-ed denouncing Congressional moves to limit arbitration.
The letters all take issue with the op-ed by Hogan & Hartson’s Christine Varney, “Arbitration Works Better Than Lawsuits,” which we looked at when it appeared last week: http://www.cpradr.org/tabid/325/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/366/Arb-on-the-Block.aspx.
The featured letter is from Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, D., Calif., who writes that the “argument for forcing people into secretive, private forums is untenable. The answer is much simpler: Americans will choose arbitration if it is offered on fair terms. The bills in Congress require major corporations to offer fair arbitrations or to forgo them, ensuring that they can't impose a rigged system on others.”
Sánchez is chairwoman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, which last week marked up the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007, along with two other arbitration-restrictive bills involving nursing home and automobile sales contracts. The subcommittee sent the three bills to the full House Judiciary Committee for consideration .
Today’s Journal letters appear at: