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Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Restore Access to Justice for Millions of Consumers and Workers

September 20, 2019
Press Release
House passes the FAIR ACT – a bill to end forced arbitration agreements

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of legislation that restores access to the courts for millions of consumers and employees currently locked out by forced arbitration that often favors the company over the individual. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (the FAIR Act – H.R. 1423) prohibits the enforcement of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration (“forced arbitration”) provisions in contracts involving consumers, employment, antitrust, and civil rights disputes. The FAIR Act does not preclude parties from agreeing to arbitrate a claim after a dispute arises, ensuring arbitration agreements will become truly voluntary and transparent. The House passed the bill by a 225-186 vote.

“Big corporations bury language deep in the fine print of contracts mandating forced arbitration, meaning no judge, no transparency, and no rights for consumers and workers. Millions of Americans are unknowingly surrendering their rights when they buy a home, get a new cell phone, place a loved one in a nursing home, or start a new job. Forced arbitration agreements undermine the American people’s constitutional right to trial by jury, benefiting powerful businesses at the expense of consumers and workers,” said Congressman Ryan. “Today, the House of Representatives is putting an end to this rigged system and protecting the rights of consumers and workers across the country. I’m proud to vote for the FAIR Act and restore Americans’ rights to seek justice, transparency, and accountability when hurt by a corporation. While this Administration continues to stack the deck against hardworking Americans, House Democrats are stepping up to defend them.”