Has legislation to stop surprise medical bills worked?

Yes and no. Patients have avoided millions of surprise bills, but a plan to cut wider health care spending has seen mixed results.
"Ultimately, this law is protecting more people from the kinds of medical debt that you're covering on the show, but that protection may come at a price: higher insurance premiums for millions," said Dan Gorenstein, executive editor at Tradeoffs.
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California gives more workers the right to sue for workplace harassment, discrimination

Oct 11, 2019
The state has banned forced arbitration by employers, but it could face legal challenges at federal level.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill outlawing forced arbitration on Thursday. Above, then gubernatorial candidate Newsom speaking at an event in November 2018.
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The Supreme Court just made class-action lawsuits harder to join

May 22, 2018
We spoke with one of the co-founders of SCOTUSblog about the implications of the ruling.
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Supreme Court ruling makes it harder for workers to take legal action against their employers

May 21, 2018
The United States Supreme Court handed down several rulings today — one in particular has a pretty good chance of affecting you. The court said today that employers can indeed force employees into individual arbitration to resolve workplace disputes. Specifically, arbitration agreements that bar employees from participating in class-action lawsuits. Workers’ rights group say the […]

Uber is getting rid of its forced arbitration policy for sexual harassment allegations

May 21, 2018
Uber is changing how it deals with sexual harassment and assault claims. Employees, drivers and riders will no longer be forced into arbitration, a process that critics say often favors corporations. The decision comes after survivors of alleged assault by Uber drivers pushed the company to let their cases go to court. Rival Lyft quickly […]

How restrictions on class action lawsuits affect the arbitration industry

Oct 25, 2017
A vote by the U.S. Senate last night allowing banks to keep using mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts with consumers — rather than allowing class action lawsuits —essentially preserves the status quo. You might think that more fine print in more and more contracts would mean a lot more arbitration and a bonanza for […]

Proposed consumer class action rules don't cover everybody

May 5, 2016
Individuals would still have to go through arbitration.
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'Consent is a fiction' in consumer contracts

Apr 17, 2014
Terms of service that say by being a Netflix member, you agree you can't sue the company.