New York Times arbitration series says shift in legal system not understood by lawyers
The New York Times has published a provocative series on the problems with legal arbitration. Photo by Bosc d'Anjou via Flickr Creative Commons.
‘Blockbuster’ stories on not getting your day in court
The New York Times today published part three of a provocative legal series on how corporate America effectively takes advantage of millions of Americans by forcing them to arbitrate disputes rather than file class-action lawsuits. Times Deputy Managing Editor Matt Purdy called it via Twitter, “A blockbuster NYT investigation: Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice.” As the Poynter Institute puts it, “Companies essentially goad us into giving up a chance for a day in court and are a reason for a ‘profound shift’ in the legal system not understood by most, even many lawyers.” (The New York Times) Today’s entry in the series specifically focuses on how “through arbitration, religion is being used to sort out secular problems like claims of financial fraud and wrongful death.”
Part 3 of the blockbuster NYT series: In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law, via @nytimes https://t.co/jwCOer2EQq
— Matt Purdy (@mattbpurdy) November 3, 2015
The New York Times had its own arbitration experience
Did the Times learn of this issue from experience? The Newspaper Guild of New York and The Times reached an agreement last March regarding circumstances surrounding layoffs for several of the paper's employees. "'The Guild felt confident in prevailing through the arbitration process,' said Unit Chair Grant Glickson in a guild news release. 'But we believe that a settlement was in the best interest of our members, who can now take their considerable talents and move on in their careers without going through a grueling legal battle.'" (The Washington Post)