Thursday, May 30, 2013
SAN DIEGO (May 30, 2013)—University of San Diego School of Law Professor Orly Lobel's article "Don't Understate the Advantages of Arbitration" appeared today on Voice of San Diego, an online news organization that engages San Diego citizens in important conversations about a variety of topics. Lobel provided insight on private adjudication, "one of the most dramatic and controversial shifts in the legal system" and how it fares compared to the traditional courtroom:
"Left to pursue individual claims only a lunatic or a fanatic sues for $30," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in his dissent when in 2011 the Supreme Court allowed an AT&T mandatory arbitration clause to preclude a consumer class action. Shortly after the decision, the Arbitration Fairness Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). If passed, the act would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment and consumer contracts.