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Forum Post: The Supreme Court Just Made It Easier for Big Business to Screw the Little Guy

Posted 9 months ago on June 23, 2013, 11:27 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (21785)
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In a little-known case called American Express v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the Supreme Court today issued yet another decision making it easier for big corporations to use their market power to screw over consumers and small businesses. Thursday's 5-3 decision affirmed the right of big corporations to use mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts to force small businesses to challenge monopolistic practices in private arbitration rather than through class actions in court. The case shows once again that the conservative majority, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, has no problem with judicial activism when it comes to bolstering corporate power. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/06/consumers-get-screwed-scotus-american-express-decision-small-biz

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[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4024) 9 months ago

USG is illegitimate, and is nothing more than a criminal organization.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

the Supreme Court today

Is about as corrupt as one could imagine - Them rule against a corp(se)oRAT monopoly??? Heaven Forbid such a thing.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21785) 9 months ago

In short, the agreement as applied in this case cuts off not just class arbitration, but any avenue for sharing, shifting, or shrinking necessary costs. Amex has put Italian Colors to this choice: Spend way, way, way more money than your claim is worth, or relinquish your Sherman Act rights.


Yep.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

So much shit - makes me wanna tear my hair out and run screaming into the night.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21785) 9 months ago

The whole damn thing is pretty stunning.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

I agree - it would be - IF - it was not just another incident in a long chain of incidents. Fuckin supreme court Fuckin government Fuckin corp(se)oRATions. Things need to change - in a big way - SOON.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21785) 9 months ago

Kagan, Breyer and Ginsberg dissented. I am really starting to like reading Kagan.

But, you're right. It is another incident in a long chain of incidents. Change is necessary.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 months ago

If it does not start happening soon - well - you can see the writing on the wall.