Lots going on in Congress on arbitration

by Jeff Sovern

Bloomberg reports that the House will vote this month on the FAIR Act, a bill to bar arbitration clauses in consumer and employment contracts. The House last passed a similar bill in 2019. The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing on arbitration Tuesday. The stumbling block to congressional action remains the filibuster in the Senate. Still, Congress recently enacted a law barring the use of arbitration clauses to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment claims, so there is reason for hope, the thing with feathers.

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