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December 18, 2013 - Professor Myriam Gilles testified at a hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on December 17, on "The Federal Arbitration Act and Access to Justice: Will Recent Supreme Court Decisions Undermine the Rights of Consumers, Workers, and Small Businesses?"

Professor Gilles testified in support of the proposed Arbitration Fairness Act, which would prohibit forced arbitration in standard-form contracts with consumers, employees and, in some cases, small businesses. She said that these clauses, which mandate one-on-one arbitration of all legal disputes and ban multiple claimants from pooling their claims, prevent individuals from vindicating the rights guaranteed to them by common law, and by federal and state statute. 

View the Webcast of the Hearing

Read Professor Gilles' Written Testimony