Supreme Transparency
  • Term
  • 2023-2024

Coinbase v. Suski

Coinbase v. Suski is an arbitration case concerning whether Coinbase — a cryptocurrency exchange platform — misled users to believe they needed to trade $100 worth of cryptocurrency to enter a sweepstakes. Here, Coinbase’s user agreement includes an arbitration clause that potentially conflicts with the sweepstakes rules — and Coinbase wants an arbiter to decide whether the sweepstakes contract modified the user agreement rather than a court. Arbitration clauses are common in standard form contracts that consumers have little to no ability to negotiate, and can make it harder for consumers and employees to get remedies when their rights are violated or corporations mislead them. Arbitration clauses effectively prevent a person from suing in court and instead subject them to an arbitrator hired by a corporation to resolve a dispute. Here, the Supreme Court has another opportunity to tilt the scales further in favor of corporate interests.

Powerbroker-Affiliated Organizations

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Cato InstituteRead the amicus brief

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U.S. Chamber of CommerceRead the amicus brief