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In Major Blow To Consumers, Supreme Court Protects Mega-Corporations From Liability

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: corporate, business, abuse, SupremeCourt, usa, law, ethics, news, politics )

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In case it wasn't clear already, the U.S. Supreme Court hammered home Thursday morning that it will protect the rights of corporations to force arbitration over the individuals' access to the court system at any expense.

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divergent r (309)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 3:24 pm
not surprised, just disgusted
ty Cal

Carol H (229)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 3:28 pm
noted with disgust!! thanks Cal

S J (130)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 4:03 pm
noted, thanks Cal.
it won't be this way forever!!!

Jason S (50)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 7:27 pm
America is not the land of free, it land of Mega-Corporations and rich who control everything for there self. Good posting, thanks

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 8:49 pm
Same feelings as Tas.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 8:49 pm
P.S. I recently shredded my Amex felt GOOD!

Past Member (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:03 am
But they don't need to accept American Express at all, and if the debit cards make the deal unprofitable, then cut all AMEX cards. I'm not certain that you can have legal agreements and then ignore them.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday June 21, 2013, 6:11 am
SCOTUS hates people.

paul m (93)
Friday June 21, 2013, 6:16 am

I don't have any cards ,,

John De Avalon (36)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:35 am
Nobody should be above the law...

Gene J (290)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:48 am
"So if the arbitration clause is enforceable, Amex has insulated itself from antitrust liability—even if it has in fact violated the law."

Leaving small businesses in the position of refusing to use American Express services, or accept the card at their establishments. As awkward as that might be in the plastic card age, it may be the only weapon small businesses have against Amex, Visa and Mastercard. We have GOT to get those people OFF the bench...

Dan(iel) M (25)
Friday June 21, 2013, 12:19 pm
SCOTUS is not for the common people of this country. When you look at thier record on matters it is painfully obvious.

edward jagusiak (25)
Friday June 21, 2013, 12:26 pm

Myriam Derome (1)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:08 pm
Noted. *sigh*

Robert K (31)
Friday June 21, 2013, 2:07 pm
Proving again that they are indeed SCROTUS, not SCOTUS.

Kathleen R (138)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:05 pm
read & noted

Past Member (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:36 pm
The corporations control our SC, our president, congress, and all the agencies. Mussolini would be so proud.

Debra Tate (17)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:43 pm

Birgit W (160)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:13 pm
The corporations control our world.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:30 pm
Thanks Cal.

reft h (66)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:35 pm
thanks for the article

Eternal Gardener (745)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:50 pm
And there I was, thinking it couldn't get any worse... :(

paul m (93)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 4:30 am

Thanks Cal..

David Johnson (13)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 6:43 am
With the current ideological make up of SCOTUS, this decision should surprise no one. Of by and for the corporations is their current motto!

Carlene V (202)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 6:45 am
When and if their appointment to SCOTUS has a term limit besides them stepping down or dying, this will continue. They should have term limits like other politicans because that is what they essentially are, politicans pandering to corporations and to hell with the rest of us. Heaven help us if a Republican wins in 2016.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:43 am
All judges should be prosecutable under the very laws they swore to uphold. This is a breach of the peoples' trust by the judge and he should be held accountable and be prosecuted under the law like any other person.
Judges should be elected by the people and held accountable by the people. I wonder what the judge received in return for his favoritism?

Linda Thompson (3)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:48 am
what can we say? We we need action.

Teresa GarcĂ­a (40)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:18 am
I agree with Linda Thompson, action needs to be done...

Sara T (3)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 9:00 am
Boo Hiss!

Anna Undebeck (256)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 10:07 am
Noted. Ty Cal!

Ravenna C (20)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 11:16 am
Well I for one am shocked!!!

Shocked I Say!!


Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 2:28 pm
Sounds like America's finally become the full-fledged fascist plutocracy we've been waiting for. And, I say "waiting for" because we have slowly watched it happen without even having the ability for input to our own gov't.
As I recall, there were several hundred thousand people in the streets of DC protesting prior to the invasion of Iraq. Where did it get us? We had millions on the streets of hundreds of American cities during the Occupy protests....and what has happened? We sign petitions with signatures numbers in the tens of thousands or more, and they are ignored. We made so many phone calls before the passage of TARP back in 2008 to our congress critters NOT to pass it, and it was voted down. Then, later in the week, since The-Powers-That-Be didn't like that answer....insisted Congress take a re-vote. I remember calling my member of Congress AGAIN, and even read in the local paper that calls to her office were overwhelming against the passage of TARP. But, it passed anyway.
SCOTUS is supposed to be "the final word" on the laws of our land, and their corruption by ALEC and the Chamber of Commerce is obviously entrenched within the majority. How do we fight that?!

Lynn S (235)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 11:37 pm
Lois Jordan --- "SCOTUS is supposed to be "the final word" on the laws of our land, and their corruption by ALEC and the Chamber of Commerce is obviously entrenched within the majority. How do we fight that?!"

First, I would say get rid of the Republican/Teabaggers --- get them to the unemployment line. Then, reform election financing so that the money is greatly reduced --- Republican/Teabaggers aren't the only ones that have been bought. Review the judiciary putting term limits in place for SCOTUS. Those are some things to start with. But it will take time. There are no "instant fixes"

There is no doubt, this is damn disgusting!

Edgar Zuim (47)
Monday June 24, 2013, 3:47 pm
The mega corporations are pests that affect everyone.
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