I fractured my ankle and went to an orthopedic doctor this week. Before I could see the doctor I was required to sign a form agreeing to waive my rights to a jury trial and solve any problem with arbitration. I've never been asked to sign this in a medical setting and it felt sketchy and coercive since I was in a lot of pain and needed to see a doctor. Is this normal? Should I get a different doc? [more inside]
Is it even possible to find a contractor that will do home repairs without having a mandatory binding arbitration clause in the contract?
We have an unresolved issue with our one-year-old Nissan Leaf and are getting to the point of being in the territory of the California Lemon Law. I have a couple of specific questions inside, if you have answers... [more inside]
I was offered a job with a crazy non-compete condition in the agreement, but as you may know such requirements are illegal in the State of California. HOWEVER, there is an 'Employment Condition' that requires all disputes to be settled via arbitration. If an arbitrator decides to enforce a non-compete clause in California, does that somehow override the illegality of it, since generally, arbitrators have 'final say' and courts 'cant overturn' decisions made via arbitration? [more inside]
The daughter of a friend has taken the ACT four times trying to reach a score of 24. Her initial score was a 12. She did some self-preparation the second and third times and brought her score up to 19. Before taking the test for the fourth time she saw a tutor and brought her score up to 24. The ACT people want to disallow the last score because they aren't comfortable with the degree to which her score improved. [more inside]
The cardmember agreement of my new Amex card includes the right to reject a mandatory arbitration clause by sending a letter within 45 days of my first purchase. (Background here, example agreement here). You are not a lawyer, you are not my lawyer, you probably don't even know what a lawyer is...but is there any good reason not to reject binding arbitration? I am already a deadbeat.
Looking to start a new job that looks otherwise awesome. But the employment contract has an arbitration clause in it and I'm hesitant. Ontario. [more inside]
My new AT&T U-verse contract has a forced arbitration clause but no information about opting out. Does that mean that I can't? [more inside]
I was eligible for a sizable bonus on February 1, 2012, the one year anniversary date of my start date. The offer letter said I'd get an email listing the criteria on which the bonus would be based by the end of February 2011. I never got the email. Requests for the criteria went unanswered. So have emails and phone calls since November. Is this something I could present to a Labor Relations panel for resolution? I have tons of qualitative and quantitative data on the work I've performed, essentially in a vacuum. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Can I fix my bike within my budget? [more inside]
My father just won an arbitration hearing against his ex-employer. They were supposed to grant him retirement leave -- but they've found a way to force him to return to work. Help! [more inside]
The company I work for has announced the adoption of a "alternative dispute resolution" program. HQ is telling us that by continuing to work there after a certain date, I agree to be covered by this ADR and forfeit my right to take them to court. What are my options, beside quitting? [more inside]
Hidden among various other breathtakingly evil clauses, part 13 of the Comcast Agreement for Residential Services says that if the customer doesn't opt out within 30 days of receiving the dense legalese, he gives up the right to sue Comcast in a public court. But (in clause 15g), Comcast maintains the right to sue the user any time they like. Is this stuff enforceable? YMOMNBAL
How f*cked am I regarding an arbitration clause in a contract? [more inside]
I was in a car accident about four years ago where I rear-ended another vehicle. AFAIK, it was my fault, but no one seemed injured at the time, and now I'm being sued for thousands more than my liability auto insurance will cover. If they are awarded what they're asking through arbitration or through a judgement, what are my options for paying the portion which my insurance won't cover? Background and other related questions inside. [more inside]