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Practice Area: Forced Arbitration

Total Transportation Services, Inc. v. Armenta

The estimated 75,000 port truck drivers in the United States are an indispensable link in the American retail supply chain, transporting about 250 million metric tons of imported goods (worth $900 million) from our nation’s ports to railheads, shipping warehouses, or retail distribution centers. Multibillion-dollar…

Machado v. System4

Public Justice and Public Citizen filed an amici brief urging the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to affirm a trial court’s decision not to compel arbitration claims brought by a putative class of largely immigrant and non-English-speaking janitorial workers who allegedly suffered egregious wage violations under…

Hudson v. Citibank

Public Justice represents Janet Hudson and Cynthia Stewart, who were holders of Citibank credit cards. After they fell behind on their payments, Citibank brought debt collection actions against each of them in Alaska state court. And, as in thousands of other credit card debt collection…

Ting v. AT&T

In this case, Public Justice won an important ruling for California long distance phone customers. Phone giant AT&T attempted to impose upon its customers an unfair, one-sided arbitration system, but in February 2003 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down provisions…

Masters v. DirecTV

The plaintiffs in this putative nationwide class action allege that DirecTV has violated California consumer protection laws by engaging in a “bait and switch” scheme in which it markets satellite television receivers for purchase, informing customers only after the sale is completed that they have…

Homa v. American Express

This case presented the question of whether, in a case in which the uncontroverted evidence establishes that a company’s class action ban would effectively preclude a party from vindicating his substantive statutory rights, a court could refuse to enforce the arbitration clause notwithstanding the U.S….

FIA Card Services v. Weaver

Appeal of decision holding that courts are required to rubber-stamp arbitration awards, even where a consumer argues that he never agreed to arbitration. On appeal, Public Justice urged the Louisiana Supreme Court to reverse a decision holding that a court asked to enforce an arbitration award…