There was an interesting story in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Law Blog about the city of San Francisco suing the National Arbitration Forum.
The company handles credit-card disputes; from 2003 to March 2007, NAF heard 18,075 California cases, and ruled for the consumer just 0.2 percent of the time. That’s one-fifth of one percent. According to the suit, “NAF is actually in the business of … churning out arbitration awards in favor of debt collectors.”
The elusive local angle? This is the outfit for which Minnesota First Lady Mary Pawlenty cast off her district judgeship in January 2007.
She quit barely one month into her tenure as NAF’s General Counsel, at the tail end of the period covered in the suit. At the time, she said the job was “not a good fit.”