Professor Jeff Sovern argues that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should ban arbitration clauses in boilerplate consumer contracts because people generally don't understand them.
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January 22, 2015
St. John’s Law is pleased to announce the publication of God, Schools, and Government Funding: First Amendment Conundrums, the latest book by Professor Nina J. Crimm and co-author Professor Laurence H. Winer of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
December 15, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police officers don't necessarily violate a person's constitutional rights when they stop a car based on a mistaken understanding of the law. Prof. John Q. Barrett weighs in.
December 12, 2014
At the NYT DealBook, Prof. Michael Perino weighs in on the Second Circuit's latest effort to define the parameters of insider trading, "perhaps our most symbolic white-collar crime."
News Story Spotlights St. John’s Study Testing Assumptions about Consumer Understanding of Arbitration
December 1, 2014
Plains Dealer consumer affairs columnist Sheryl Harris reports on a consumer contract arbitration clause study conducted recently by St. John's Law faculty members.
At a recent event that brought alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the Law School together at St. John’s new Manhattan campus, Professor Mark L. Movsesian discussed the ongoing plight of Mideast Christians.
November 20, 2014
Real estate investment trust Rayonier Inc. faces class-action lawsuits on behalf of shareholders claiming that the company violated federal securities laws. Professor Michael Perino weighs in on the prospects for settlement.
St. John’s Intellectual Property Law Center Hosts Inaugural Conference on Law for Intelligent Machines
November 19, 2014
Earlier this month, the Intellectual Property Law Center (IPLC) held its inaugural conference, bringing students, faculty, and leading experts together for a discussion about the legal implications of intelligent machines.
St. John's Law professors Elayne E. Greenberg, Paul F. Kirgis, and Jeff Sovern, along with their colleague from St. John's University, Yuxiang Liu, recently completed a study of consumer understanding of arbitration agreements to test the widespread assumption that consumers unwittingly agree to arbitration provisions.Their findings are set out in their article "'Whimsy Little Contracts' with Unexpected Consequences: An Empirical Analysis of Consumer Understanding of Arbitration Agreements," that is posted at SSRN.
According to a study by Jeff Sovern scheduled for publication in the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, consumers rarely exercise their right to cancel a contract for goods or services.