Aiming to “remedy” a recent ruling by the Supreme Court in which the justices upheld the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in wireless service contracts, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would bar mobile phone operators from forcing dispute resolution through the arbitration process. Reviewing a case that pitted AT&T against a California couple who had sought class action status for their complaint over AT&T’s assessment of sales tax on wireless handsets that were advertised as free, the high court ruled by a 5-4 margin last spring that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state regulations that prohibit bans against class action suits in wireless contracts. According to Franken, the bill, known as the Consumer Mobile Fairness Act, ensures “that any dispute resolved in arbitration is truly voluntary, and that consumers are not being forced into it.” Asserting that “the shield to accountability enjoyed by companies can lead to unfair contracts and unacceptable costs” for wireless consumers, Blumenthal proclaimed that “smart phone users deserve their day in court for legitimate complaints against abuses,” as he added that “consumers should have rights to access to appropriate avenues—enforceable in court—for recourse in order to hold cell phone companies accountable for poor service.” Calling the legislation “misguided,” a spokesman for wireless association CTIA recommended that “if the sponsors really want to help consumers, they should spend less time on stimulating the market for trial lawyers and more time working to free additional spectrum that can be used to deliver world-class wireless broadband service.”