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JabberJury: Online 'Jurors' Settle Disputes

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on February 22, 2011 5:45 AM

Are dishes woman's work? Should you fart in public? Does a platypus make a better actor than Arnold Schwarzenegger? Is Pepsi better than Coke?!

Coke, right? Diet, of course.

These are just a few of the questions being asked by users of JabberJury, a newly launched online jury site designed to settle everyday disputes by polling users. The site, which has been around since 2009, had its official launch last week, and is quickly gaining popularity. So what's the deal?

Arising from one man's decision to poll the bar about a disagreement with his girlfriend (she thought her father's hemorrhoids required a visit), JabberJury invites users to make their case to an online jury. Both parties post a video explaining their side of a disagreement, and then invite comments, harassment and votes by the JabberJury. Winning parties, voters and other participants can earn "Jabbies," which according to the ABA Journal, can be redeemed for prizes and swag, or donated to charities.

While JabberJury's goal is to settle everyday disputes, think of the possibilities. Fighting over ownership of that car your baby mama bought you? Take it to JabberJury! Should your neighbor have to tear down that ugly thing in the front yard? Ask the online jury! Is he or isn't he the father? Wait, you might need a DNA test for that one. Instead of going on national television to hash out legal problems, people will now take to the internet. And the best part? No DVR needed!

Be mindful, though. JabberJury isn't binding, so "litigants" may end up in court anyway.

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