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In all likelihood the paperwork you signed when you got a new credit card or signed up for a new cell phone or were hired for a new job had hidden in the fine print a clause that you agreed to settle any disputes through binding mandatory arbitration, a for-profit, backroom process, and barring you from joining a class-action lawsuit.
This sneak attack by big business to undermine the ability of Americans to join together to seek justice in court (and hold corporations accountable for shady business practices) was just given a big boost by their biggest booster on the US Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia, when the conservative majority ruled against class actions in AT&T vs Concepcion.
Yeah, AT&T, the company that was only second to Exxon last year in corporate profits; they gotta protect their $30 rip-offs of the little guy -- after all, it all adds up when you spread it over millions of customers.
Written, animated and acted by me.