Rep. Johnson’s Legislation to End Forced Arbitration & Restore Accountability for Consumers, Workers Passes Judiciary
Congressman’s FAIR Act – With 222 Cosponsors – Headed to Full House For Vote
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) bipartisan FAIR Act: The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, re-establishing Americans’ 7th Amendment right to seek justice and accountability through the court system, passed the House Judiciary Committee.
The House bill — H.R. 1423 — which would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, and civil rights cases, and would allow consumers and workers to agree to arbitration after a dispute occurs, was marked up and voted out of committee. The House bill has 222 cosponsors.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.
“Forced arbitration agreements undermine our indelible Constitutional right to trial by jury, benefiting powerful businesses at the expense of American consumers and workers,” said Rep. Johnson, Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Court, Intellectual Property and the Internet. “Americans with few choices in the marketplace may unknowingly cede their rights when they enter contracts to buy a home or a cell phone, place a loved one in a nursing home, or start a new job. We must fight to defend our rights and re-empower consumers.”
The FAIR Act will receive a vote from the full House of Representatives next week.