U.S., Politico Morning Transportation: Amtrak faces lawsuit over arbitration

By SAM MINTZ, With help from Stephanie Beasley, Tanya Snyder and Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico Morning Transportation; January 8, 2020

AMTRAK FACES LAWSUIT OVER ARBITRATION: The railroad has been scrutinized for its forced arbitration provision for passengers since we reported on it in November, but now it will have to defend itself in a court of law as well as the court of public opinion. As your host reports for Pro subscribers, the progressive consumer advocacy group Public Citizen sued Amtrak on Tuesday, arguing that the provision implemented last January violates the constitution and goes beyond the scope of what Congress authorized the national passenger rail corporation to do. “Because Amtrak is an entity, it is unconstitutional for it to condition rail service on an arbitration agreement,” wrote Public Citizen’s Remington Gregg on Twitter.

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