The civil jury system is a trademark of democracy and an important defense of freedom. Civil juries are the conscience and the voice of communities and a crucial safeguard over dishonesty, corruption and neglect. The founding fathers felt so strongly about civil trial by jury that they secured that right in the Seventh Amendment in the Bill of Rights.
Yet large corporations seek to strip that right from the American consumer. Buried in the fine print of consumer contracts are waivers of the consumer’s right to trial by jury and replacing it with arbitration where a single individual decides the dispute with no right of appeal. Adding insult to injury, many times the selection of the arbitrator is determined solely by the corporation. The intent of forced arbitration is simple, to deny victims from just compensation and to shield corporations from accountability.
Other attempts by corporations to deprive consumers of their right to trial by jury are waiver clauses in the fine print in their contracts where the consumer gives up his or her right to seek compensation for injuries caused by the corporation’s negligence. This has become a large issue with tragic injuries at “trampoline parks” all over the country. Despite the dangers, these businesses are attempting to shield themselves of all responsibility by utilizing waivers signed by customers looking to enjoy themselves at the park. One of the building blocks of this “American Experiment” is responsibility, something that forced arbitration and waivers are utilized to destroy.
The attorneys at Javerbaum Wurgaft are committed to preserving our constitutional right to a jury trial. Many of the attorneys at Javerbaum Wurgaft are not only members of various organizations whose function is to preserve the right to a jury trial, but are leaders in those same organizations. The American Association for Justice (AAJ), New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ)The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), New York State Trial Lawyer’s association (NYSTLA), The National Trial Lawyers, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ), Hudson County Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, Union County Bar Association, Burlington County Bar Associations, Bergen County Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Association and Southern Trial Lawyer’s Association, just to name a few.
If you or a loved one are in need of assistance from a Trial Lawyer for any reason, call the attorneys at Javerbaum Wurgaft, we are here to help.