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(The New York Times)   If you ever "liked" General Mills on Facebook, you also permanently gave up the right to sue them for any reason, ever. Didn't you read the fine print?   (nytimes.com ) divider line
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2371 clicks; posted to Business » on 17 Apr 2014 at 10:38 AM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-04-17 08:59:53 AM  
That's not exactly true submitter. Still it's a shiatty thing to try and do as I doubt it'll be all that legally binding anyways.
 
2014-04-17 09:04:04 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-17 09:05:32 AM  
Yes I'm sure the Facebook like legal principle will stand up well in court
 
2014-04-17 09:10:55 AM  
It's notarized by the numa numa guy and the bedroom intruder song guy and chocolate rain are witnesses.
 
2014-04-17 09:23:11 AM  
If it discourages one person from suing it was worth their time and effort to put it in there.
 
2014-04-17 09:28:38 AM  
What if you hit the Hate button?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-17 09:36:46 AM  
General Mills seemed to go even further, suggesting that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.

Maybe it could. If you question whether an arbitration agreement is enforceable, the issue is decided by an arbitrator. State consumer protection and contract laws are preempted by the federal law favoring arbitration.
 
2014-04-17 09:38:10 AM  

ZAZ: General Mills seemed to go even further, suggesting that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.

Maybe it could. If you question whether an arbitration agreement is enforceable, the issue is decided by an arbitrator. State consumer protection and contract laws are preempted by the federal law favoring arbitration.


I can't wait until EULAs are printed on every item I buy.
 
2014-04-17 09:39:48 AM  

EvilEgg: If it discourages one person from suing it was worth their time and effort to put it in there.


Plus it is an extra bs point you can litigate that adds to their cost to sue you. Tack on an extra few grand even if this gets laughed out of court. And you get to repeat in a ton of different jurisdictions
 
2014-04-17 10:47:33 AM  
I don't even get the point of liking a corporation.  I like the local college radio station and my friend's bar.  I could really give a damn about the makers of Trix.
 
2014-04-17 10:52:36 AM  

Rapmaster2000: I don't even get the point of liking a corporation.  I like the local college radio station and my friend's bar.  I could really give a damn about the makers of Trix.


Sometimes they have contests and giveawys for people who like them.
 
2014-04-17 11:01:37 AM  

EvilEgg: Rapmaster2000: I don't even get the point of liking a corporation.  I like the local college radio station and my friend's bar.  I could really give a damn about the makers of Trix.

Sometimes they have contests and giveawys for people who like them.


Ah.  I've been conditioned to assume that corporate contests and giveaways are techniques to get me on mailing lists.

I assume those "Oppose Obamacare?  Sign The Petition!" ads work the same way.
 
2014-04-17 11:23:10 AM  

Rapmaster2000: EvilEgg: Rapmaster2000: I don't even get the point of liking a corporation.  I like the local college radio station and my friend's bar.  I could really give a damn about the makers of Trix.

Sometimes they have contests and giveawys for people who like them.

Ah.  I've been conditioned to assume that corporate contests and giveaways are techniques to get me on mailing lists.

I assume those "Oppose Obamacare?  Sign The Petition!" ads work the same way.


Pretty much.

If you have some time to kill set up a dummy email account and use it to sign a few right wing petitions or register for a right wing superPACs newsletter. Check back in a few days and your inbox will be full of spam from pretty much every right wing organization there is, along with a bunch of "buy gold" adverts.

IME the left wing groups tend to distribute mailing lists a lot less, sign up for a particular left wing newsletter and you'll get a lot of spam from them but not a heap from everyone else, and none from shady gold / home security / identity theft prevention companies.
 
2014-04-17 11:27:01 AM  
My wifi was open. I never agreed to that. IP Addresses are not people, my friend.
 
2014-04-17 11:43:58 AM  
EULAs that you actually have to scroll through and click you agree to aren't particularly enforceable, so I'm going to go ahead and say this isn't.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-17 11:49:00 AM  
SpectroBoy

The appealing thing about arbitration is, the rules of evidence don't apply. Also, any doubt about whether arbitration was agreed to is resolved by arbitration.
 
2014-04-17 11:58:57 AM  
By accepting my money, you agree to the terms of my agreement, which state in part that for every bite of your product that I take, I am allowed to kick one of your company's upper executives (my choice, up to and including the CEO) in the balls at a time convenient to me, using the footwear of my choice.
 
2014-04-17 12:03:27 PM  

EvilEgg: ZAZ: General Mills seemed to go even further, suggesting that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.

Maybe it could. If you question whether an arbitration agreement is enforceable, the issue is decided by an arbitrator. State consumer protection and contract laws are preempted by the federal law favoring arbitration.

I can't wait until EULAs are printed on every item I buy.


i'm so sick and tired cracking the drm on my oranges when i want to make juice without an internet connection.
 
2014-04-17 12:04:36 PM  

Psychopusher: By accepting my money, you agree to the terms of my agreement, which state in part that for every bite of your product that I take, I am allowed to kick one of your company's upper executives (my choice, up to and including the CEO) in the balls at a time convenient to me, using the footwear of my choice.


Ice Skates?
 
2014-04-17 12:15:30 PM  

Target Builder: Psychopusher: By accepting my money, you agree to the terms of my agreement, which state in part that for every bite of your product that I take, I am allowed to kick one of your company's upper executives (my choice, up to and including the CEO) in the balls at a time convenient to me, using the footwear of my choice.

Ice Skates?


I was going to go with those spiky ice climbing boots, but I like the way you think.
 
2014-04-17 01:30:59 PM  
Then its a good thing I generally don't waste time Liking companies.
 
2014-04-17 01:46:04 PM  

Psychopusher: Target Builder: Psychopusher: By accepting my money, you agree to the terms of my agreement, which state in part that for every bite of your product that I take, I am allowed to kick one of your company's upper executives (my choice, up to and including the CEO) in the balls at a time convenient to me, using the footwear of my choice.

Ice Skates?

I was going to go with those spiky ice climbing boots, but I like the way you think.


Hate to be that guy, but they legally could not create any type of EULA on anything not sold directly through them. EULA's usually are part of the usage of the software in most products. For example, I can use the PS4 I buy from a grocery store to do whatever the heck I want, from a paperweight to a large metal object to bash annoying people over the head with.

However, in order to use the SOFTWARE inherent in it, as well as the online components of it, I would need to agree to the EULA. But it would have to be accepted directly through them. The store in question that you bought the PS4 from could not stipulate anything.

...It's long and complicated, and I'm not explaining it very well, but in essence, if anyone hands you a banana and tells you that you have to eat it in a certain way in order to buy it, tell them okay and proceed to shove it up their appropriate hole.
 
2014-04-17 01:53:47 PM  

KipKips: Psychopusher: Target Builder: Psychopusher: By accepting my money, you agree to the terms of my agreement, which state in part that for every bite of your product that I take, I am allowed to kick one of your company's upper executives (my choice, up to and including the CEO) in the balls at a time convenient to me, using the footwear of my choice.

Ice Skates?

I was going to go with those spiky ice climbing boots, but I like the way you think.

Hate to be that guy, but they legally could not create any type of EULA on anything not sold directly through them. EULA's usually are part of the usage of the software in most products. For example, I can use the PS4 I buy from a grocery store to do whatever the heck I want, from a paperweight to a large metal object to bash annoying people over the head with.

However, in order to use the SOFTWARE inherent in it, as well as the online components of it, I would need to agree to the EULA. But it would have to be accepted directly through them. The store in question that you bought the PS4 from could not stipulate anything.

...It's long and complicated, and I'm not explaining it very well, but in essence, if anyone hands you a banana and tells you that you have to eat it in a certain way in order to buy it, tell them okay and proceed to shove it up their appropriate hole.


They would, but I am pretty sure that would violate the EULA.
 
2014-04-17 02:04:28 PM  

stpauler: That's not exactly true submitter. Still it's a shiatty thing to try and do as I doubt it'll be all that legally binding anyways.


Exactly.

Though, I assume the real reason is that they know that X% of people when told:  "See, you forgot to read the fineprint, so you have to do it our way" will incorrectly assume they have no other option.
 
2014-04-17 02:18:53 PM  

EvilEgg: ZAZ: General Mills seemed to go even further, suggesting that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.

Maybe it could. If you question whether an arbitration agreement is enforceable, the issue is decided by an arbitrator. State consumer protection and contract laws are preempted by the federal law favoring arbitration.

I can't wait until EULAs are printed on every item I buy.



They'll just be wafted out into the air on a daily basis, printed on nanoparticles.  If you breathe, you've agreed to their terms and conditions.
 
2014-04-17 02:23:41 PM  
Why the fark would you ever "Like" something like General Mills on facebook in the first place?

Oh, you're one of those people with 1200 friends? Now I understand.
 
2014-04-17 02:31:30 PM  

The Dog Ate My Homework: Why the fark would you ever "Like" something like General Mills on facebook in the first place?

Oh, you're one of those people with 1200 friends? Now I understand.


They give out coupons to people who click "like"
 
2014-04-17 09:35:25 PM  

Psychopusher: Target Builder: Psychopusher: By accepting my money, you agree to the terms of my agreement, which state in part that for every bite of your product that I take, I am allowed to kick one of your company's upper executives (my choice, up to and including the CEO) in the balls at a time convenient to me, using the footwear of my choice.

Ice Skates?

I was going to go with those spiky ice climbing boots, but I like the way you think.


Steel-toed fence-climbers.
 
2014-04-17 09:56:37 PM  
I know it won't happen, but arbitration should be stopped or banned. Too bad the way it is set up the abitrator gets paid by the company and thus is already in their pocket. Too bad you couldn't flip the situation around but you know the companies don't like playing with a deck not in their favor.

Bye.
 
2014-04-17 10:44:56 PM  
Facebook's still around?
 
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