Forthcoming November 2020 • paper
This book presents an annotated legislative history of the Federal Arbitration Act, a statute that has transformed America’s civil justice system and blocked access to the courts for millions of Americans. The annotations provide broader context and insightful commentary for a better understanding of the legislative record, which is filled with references to many people, events, beliefs, and principles that may not be widely known today. This annotated legislative record reveals the original, limited purpose of the Federal Arbitration Act, which the Supreme Court has grossly misinterpreted in disturbing ways that are undermining access to justice for vulnerable parties.
By placing the legislative history in a broader context through detailed annotations, this book is an invaluable resource for attorneys, judges, arbitrators, arbitration institutions, lobbyists, policy-makers, journalists, scholars, law students, or anyone interested in the role of arbitration in America’s civil justice system.