Access to Justice

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What's New

March 10, 2017 - Corporate Interests Give Tens of Millions to Dismantle Legal Rights
March 7, 2017 - Faces of Forced Arbitration
March 7, 2017 - Public Citizen Commends Legislation to Curb the Use of Forced Arbitration ‘Rip-off Clauses’
February 6, 2017 - Chamber of Litigation

Recent Reports

October 26, 2016 - The Chamber of Litigation
August 22, 2016 - Comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Forced Arbitration
March 4, 2016 - Forced Arbitration Letter to the Department of Education

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No Injury Class Action Is A Myth

The Rogues Gallery 

Corporate defenders are pushing a new line of attack on class-action lawsuits in an effort to block consumers from banning together to seek redress for unlawful corporate conduct. Learn more.

The Forced Arbitration Rogues Gallery highlights just some of the corporations using fine print contract clauses to keep consumers from holding them accountable. Learn More.


Forced Arbitration and Finance

Public Interest Law

Now that the CFPB's study on the use of pre-dispute forced arbitration is complete, the agency has the authority to eliminate the use of these clauses in consumer financial contracts. Learn more.  
Public Citizen Litigation Group, founded in 1972, litigates public interest cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries. Learn more about our work.

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