In Arbitration, a ‘Privatization of the Justice System

For any readers who think Arbitration is a good idea for resolving HOA disputes, you need to read this excellent article exposing the bias inherent in privatization of our US Judicial System.

HOA Perspectives - the Fox & Hounds of HOA Business and Politics

10 / 23 /2015

The New York Times

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and MICHAEL CORKERY

Deborah L. Pierce, an emergency room doctor in Philadelphia, was optimistic when she brought a sex discrimination claim against the medical group that had dismissed her. Respected by colleagues, she said she had a stack of glowing evaluations and evidence that the practice had a pattern of denying women partnerships.

She began to worry, though, once she was blocked from court and forced into private arbitration.

Presiding over the case was not a judge but a corporate lawyer, Vasilios J. Kalogredis, who also handled arbitrations. When Ms. Pierce showed up one day for a hearing, she said she noticed Mr. Kalogredis having a friendly coffee with the head of the medical group she was suing.

During the proceedings, the practice withheld crucial evidence, including audiotapes it destroyed, according to interviews and documents. Ms. Pierce thought things…

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