Can builder bar home buyers from jury trial?

Because Ivan and the 12 other home buyers had no bargaining power, the judge continued, the contract presented to them by the home builder was a contract of adhesion. Its provision for “judicial reference” to a court-appointed referee was unconscionable, he ruled. Therefore, Ivan and the other home buyers are entitled to a court trial with a jury, and they can recover punitive damages from the home builder if justified by the facts, the judge concluded.

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