Alliance for Justice weighs in on critical access to justice issues by joining our partners in letters to Congress, federal agencies and administrators, and submitting public comments on proposed rules and regulations.
Support for the hearing, “Arbitration in America”
Supporting the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on arbitration for placing a spotlight on an unjust and arbitrary system that takes away important choices for ordinary people.
Support for the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act
Supporting legislation that would prevent corporations from forcing workers, consumers, and small businesses to resolve disputes in private, company-controlled arbitration systems, even when that company has engaged in illegal misconduct.
Opposition to CFPB Product Sandbox Proposal
Opposing proposed changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed product sandbox. The proposal could give entire industries relief from complying with aspects of consumer protection laws.
Support for Congressional Accountability Act Reform
Supporting the adoption of improvements to Congress’s internal processes and culture to begin addressing the issue of workplace harassment in the halls of Congress, forces greater accountability for elected officials, and provides legal counsel for all legislative employees.
Opposition to “Lawsuit Abuse” Hearing
Urging the Judiciary Committee not to pursue a course of action that would strip Americans and small businesses of their legal rights by limiting the liability exposure of big corporations.
Opposition to the “Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2017”
Opposing a bill that, under the guise of fighting forest fires, would actually allow agency-run arbitration and eliminate the possibility of judicial review for management challenges.Oc
Opposition to Rollbacks of Nursing Home Regulations and Forced Arbitration
Opposing efforts to revise nursing home requirements and regulations, including binding arbitration that stripped nursing home residents and their families of their right to pursue justice against abuse. (Led by Consumer Voice)
Opposition to the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017
Opposing a bill that would limit the ability of federal enforcement officials to provide real relief for harms caused to the public by prohibiting third-party settlements for nonprofits, community organizations, or trusts or foundations that provide vital services in their communities.
Praise for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau‘s Action Against Forced Arbitration
Commending the CFPB for its report demonstrating how forced arbitration unequivocally imposes conditions that restrict consumers’ rights and block their access to courts, giving lenders an effective license to steal.
Opposition to the Confirmation of Eric Dreiband
Expressing opposition to the confirmation of Eric Dreiband to be the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, based on his record of fighting the victims of discrimination. (Led by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights)
Opposition to the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017
Opposing the RAA and detailed how the bill would further tilt the regulatory process in favor of corporate interests, impacting women’s health, consumer protection, civil rights, food safety, financial reform, labor, the environment, disability rights, human rights, rural organizations and more.
Enforcement of the Paperwork Reduction Act
Charging the OMB with enforcing the Paperwork Reduction Act to ensure government agencies could not remove vital public information from their websites.
Opposition to the “Securing Participation, Engagement, and Knowledge Freedom by Reducing Egregious Efforts Act of 2015” or SPEAK FREE Act
Opposing legislation that could be easily exploited by corporations against whistleblowers trying to hold them accountable.
Response to FCC Consideration of Forced Arbitration
Urging the FCC to prohibit forced arbitration clauses in internet service provider contracts.
Reject Proposals That Interfere with CPFB’s Authority on Mandatory Arbitration
Urging the Appropriations Committees to reject all legislation to weaken the powers, structure, or funding of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and more specifically any proposals that would limit the authority of the CFPB to take action on the use of forced arbitration in consumer financial contracts.
Opposition to FAA Amendments Harming Truckers
Addressing two troubling amendments to H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 – one that would jeopardize safe working conditions, such as meal and rest breaks, and access to justice for commercial drivers, and another that would incentivize cutting safety corners and limit the legal accountability of shipping companies.
Opposition to Forced Arbitration in Higher Education
Urging the Department of Education to protect students and taxpayers and prevent colleges from hiding fraud and engaging in forced arbitration.
Opposition to the “Denying Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act
Opposing an act that would interfere with state authority to protect the public’s health and safety, and shield food manufacturers from legal accountability for misleading the public.