The Apple Card is now potentially available to anyone in the US. UU., So you can soon use your credit card (made of sturdy titanium) to beat locks, scrape paint and open beer bottles. But not all is good news. Your Apple Card contract includes something called arbitration, and that is a very bad thing. The positive side is that you can choose not to participate. Here we show you how to opt out of Apple Card arbitration, and why you should definitely do it.
What is credit card arbitration?
If you ever have a problem with the Apple Card provider Goldman Sachs, the arbitration clause means that you cannot sue the Bank. Nor can you participate in any class action lawsuit. Arbitration means that you give up the right to take the company to court. Any dispute will be resolved by a supposedly neutral third party.
The effect for you, the customer, is that you lose many of your rights. Here is a summary of the differences between the arbitration and the court, published by Creditcards.com (emphasis added).
In court, the rules of evidence govern the process, and people who feel they were harmed may force corporations to provide copies of confidential documents. . Cases can be heard by a jury, and decisions can be appealed to a higher court.
In arbitration, the arbitrator has more freedom to decide what evidence to consider, and may not be bound by the consumer protection law Decisions are generally not open to appeal, although some card agreements provide for a review by a panel of arbitrators. Consumers can represent themselves or hire a lawyer, although relatively few lawyers will take arbitration cases .
How to unsubscribe from Apple Card arbitration
Everything sounds terrible, right? ? Why on Earth would you voluntarily give up your rights in this way? Precisely, it has no advantage for you, the customer, while the credit card company can avoid consumer law, avoid court costs and also avoid any annoying precedents that may result in future litigation.
The answer is to opt out. And this is very easy. Simply open the Wallet application on your iPhone, tap the Apple Card then tap the three-dot icon in the upper right corner. Then, touch Message and you will be in a commercial message conversation with Goldman Sachs. Simply write us a message asking them to exclude themselves from arbitration. Whoever receives this message will take care of you.
There are other ways to do it:
- Call Apple at 877-255-5923
- Send an old-school paper letter to Lockbox 6112, P.O. Box 7247, Philadelphia, PA 19170-6112 requesting exclusion.
But clearly the iMessage method is the easiest and fastest way to reject Apple Card arbitration.
About your other credit cards …
If you didn't know the arbitration before, you should probably take the time to opt out of other cards you may have. The precise method depends on the provider of your card, and some cards do not have arbitration clauses.
Also, it may be too late. If you have been using a card with an arbitration clause in the contract for a while, it is possible that the period in which it is possible to opt out has passed. You will have to do some checks. Better yet, remove all those accounts and only use cards not arbitrated in the future.