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November 4, 2015

NY Times Report Attacking Arbitration Clauses Fails to Mention … Its Own Arbitration Clause

The New York Times‘ recent three-part series assailing arbitration left out a number of important facts — and this morning’s Washington Post points out that one of those was the Times‘ very own arbitration clause.

As it turns out, participants in the New York Times‘ high-end “Times Journey” tours must first sign an “arbitration and waiver of trial by jury” clause.” These tours, reports the Post, are “a high-end side biz that involves guiding curious travelers on junkets to places such as Cuba, Sri Lanka, Colombia and Iran in collaboration with tour operators” and often includes Times journalists.

The arbitration clause included for these tours is “precisely the sort of legal handiwork that the New York Times blasts in three really long and exhaustively reported stories,” writes the Post‘s Erik Wemple, who notes that the Times conveniently didn’t mention its own use of the “common ploy.”

Read the full story here.

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