Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)/Arbitration

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to methods and processes of resolving claims without litigation, such as arbitration, mediation, and small claims procedures. ADR can be formal or informal and provides a method to avoid the expense and inefficiency of litigation. Read More...

ADR is widely used in the U.S., where empirical studies demonstrate that it is cheaper, faster, and often offers more compensation for the consumer. There are also well-established ADR procedures in many of the EU member states and in other countries around the world.


Arbitration is an effective dispute resolution process where an independent third party reviews the facts of a case and applies the appropriate resolution, resulting in the avoidance of costly and time-consuming courtroom litigation. However, arbitration is now under attack by plaintiffs’ lawyers, who see it as a barrier to the expansion of profitable class action lawsuits. Class action lawsuits often lead to plaintiff lawyers pocketing millions of dollars in fees, while those they represent receive little or nothing of significant value from the settlement.

For many, arbitration is the better way to go as it produces resolutions much faster than class actions and other types of court-based litigation, which often last years. Arbitration also results in more money for employees and leads to decreased costs of legal fees for both sides. Eliminating arbitration will not only lead to litigation costs steadily increasing, but the courts demanding assignments will increase, leaving millions of Americans with very limited opportunities for restitution.

Legislative measures to limit the use of arbitration have largely been unsuccessful. Multiple bills and amendments that would have banned arbitration have been proposed and blocked since the early-2000s. Due to the clear advantages of arbitration over litigation in any number of situations, research shows that most Americans prefer arbitration as it puts money into the hands of individuals seeking just compensation, instead of feeding our nation’s excessive litigation monster.

Due to the clear advantages of arbitration over litigation in any number of situations, and the need to preserve this important dispute resolution process, ILR has established the Coalition to Preserve Arbitration. The Coalition’s membership is varied and broad. AT&T is one member of the Coalition and has provided legal and technical support on an in-kind basis in connection with our arbitration-related activities. This disclosure is being made to comply with the requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as amended by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.


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  1. In the News Today - July 23, 2020

    July 23, 2020 | News

    Judge Won't Toss U.S. Chamber's Challenge To New Jersey Law Barring Mandatory Arbitration... Read More

  2. In the News Today - February 10, 2020

    February 10, 2020 | News

    Judge Who Blocked Calif. Arbitration Law Says it Conflicts With Federal Law; "Three Lessons From BIPA for Data Privacy Legislation"... Read More

  3. In the News Today - January 2, 2020

    January 02, 2020 | News

    Judge Pauses California Arbitration Ban; Federal Government, Some States and Trade Groups Supporting Bayer Roundup Appeal... Read More

  4. In the News Today - October 7, 2019

    October 07, 2019 | News

    AAJ's Arbitration "Study" Based On Flagrantly False Premises... Read More

  5. AAJ's Arbitration "Study" Based On Flagrantly False Premises

    October 07, 2019 | Blogs

    Recently, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) released a "study" on arbitration-just as the House of Representatives took up legislation. To no one's surprise, the AAJ argues that litigation is a better way to resolve disputes. But this "study" is nothing more than a misleading attempt to discredit arbitration that's based on three flagrantly false premises.... Read More

  6. ILR's Harold Kim: Senate Must "Preserve" Arbitration

    October 02, 2019 | News

    In a new op-ed, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Chief Operating Officer Harold Kim said the U.S. Senate should preserve arbitration to "spare Americans from trial lawyers' greed."... Read More

  7. "Ending Arbitration Might Help Trial Lawyers, But Won't Help Employees"

    September 26, 2019 | News

    In an op-ed for The Hill, the director of the Independent Women's Law Center said the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act "may help trial lawyers…but it won't help employees get justice."... Read More

  8. "The Lawyer Enrichment Act"

    September 23, 2019 | News

    The Wall Street Journal editorial board says "trial lawyers lose the most from arbitration" in a new piece on a House-passed bill that would restrict the use of arbitration between businesses and employees.... Read More

  9. The FAIR Act Puts Trial Lawyers First

    September 20, 2019 | Blogs

    By Harold Kim Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform ... Read More

  10. ILR Research Review, Volume 6, Issue 2

    September 10, 2019 | Research

    This edition of the ILR Research Review covers four developments that represent a cross-section of the litigation challenges facing the American business community today, including: municipality lawsuits against energy producers; the unsuitability of private rights of action for protecting privacy; the enduring value of arbitration; and the urgent need to ensure fairness for defendants in multidistrict litigation proceedings.... Read More