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Legislation introduced to allow lawsuits against Amtrak

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two Democratic members of Congress have introduced legislation to give customers the right to take Amtrak to court to resolve disputes. The bills introduced Wednesday seek to end an arbitration clause Amtrak implemented in January 2019. Under the clause, customers are required to arbitrate issues that could range from a complaint over ticket prices to negligence in the death of a passenger. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says the bill will restore vital legal rights to travelers. Similar legislation was introduced in March 2020. Lawsuits filed after an Amtrak derailment in Montana last month are also challenging the arbitration clause. 

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