senate Bill S144

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to the validity of mandatory arbitration clauses printed on tickets by common carriers

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Judiciary Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to judiciary
Jan 06, 2021 referred to judiciary

S144 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
General Obligations Law
Laws Affected:
Add §5-338, Gen Ob L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S7772

S144 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides that mandatory arbitration clauses printed on tickets issued by a common carrier which limits the purchaser's ability to sue for damages caused by negligence are void and unenforceable.

S144 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S144 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    144
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  THOMAS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary
 
 AN ACT to amend the general obligations law, in relation to the validity
   of mandatory arbitration clauses on tickets issued by a common carrier

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  The  general  obligations  law is amended by adding a new
 section 5-338 to read as follows:
   § 5-338. VALIDITY OF CERTAIN CONTRACTS PRINTED  ON  TICKETS.    1.  NO
 COVENANT, AGREEMENT OR UNDERSTANDING IN OR IN CONNECTION WITH, OR COLLA-
 TERAL  TO, ANY CONTRACT, TICKET OR SIMILAR WRITING, ENTERED INTO BETWEEN
 THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF A COMMON CARRIER OR A COMMON CARRIER OF PASSEN-
 GERS BY MOTOR VEHICLE IN THIS STATE, AND  A  PASSENGER  OF  SUCH  COMMON
 CARRIER,  SHALL  CONTAIN  A  MANDATORY  ARBITRATION CLAUSE FOR CLAIMS OR
 DISPUTES ALLEGING NEGLIGENCE OF THE OWNER, OPERATOR OR PERSON IN  CHARGE
 OF  SUCH  COMMON  CARRIER,  OR THEIR AGENTS, SERVANTS OR EMPLOYEES.  ANY
 SUCH MANDATORY ARBITRATION CLAUSE SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE VOID AS  AGAINST
 PUBLIC  POLICY  AND  WHOLLY  UNENFORCEABLE; PROVIDED THAT ANY SUCH ARBI-
 TRATION CLAUSE SHALL BE CONSIDERED SEVERABLE, AND ALL  OTHER  PROVISIONS
 OF THE CONTRACT SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT AND GIVEN FULL FORCE.
   2.  THE  TERM  "MANDATORY  ARBITRATION  CLAUSE"  SHALL  MEAN A TERM OR
 PROVISION WHICH REQUIRES THE PARTIES TO  SUCH  CONTRACT  TO  SUBMIT  ANY
 CONTROVERSY  THEREAFTER ARISING UNDER SUCH CONTRACT TO ARBITRATION PRIOR
 TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF ANY LEGAL ACTION TO  ENFORCE  THE  PROVISIONS  OF
 SUCH  CONTRACT  AND  WHICH  ALSO FURTHER PROVIDES LANGUAGE TO THE EFFECT
 THAT THE DECISION OF THE ARBITRATOR  OR  PANEL  OF  ARBITRATORS  IN  ITS
 APPLICATION  TO  THE  CONSUMER  PARTY  SHALL BE FINAL AND NOT SUBJECT TO
 COURT REVIEW.
   § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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