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Federal Legislation to Ban Contracts with Nondisparagement Clauses

H.R. 5499 Federal Legislation to Ban Contracts with Non-Disparagement Clauses

On September 16, two members of Congress from the California delegation (Rep. Eric Swalwell and Rep. Brad Sherman) introduced "The Consumer Review Freedom Act," H.R. 5499, to ban nondisparagement clauses in consumer contracts. 

California Bans Non-Disparagement Contract Clauses that Prohibit Consumers from Criticizing Goods or Services

California Bans Non-Disparagement Contract Clauses that

Prohibit Consumers from Criticizing Businesses in the Sale or Lease of Goods or Services

In a preemptive strike to prevent litigation against consumers for their free speech rights, California passed a model consumer ban against "gag"provisions in contracts that limit consumers from criticizing a business (its employees or agents) concerning the goods or services.  

Professor Nancy S. Kim on Here & Now talks to Jeremy Hobson about online "Wrap Contracts"

Professor Nancy S. Kim on Here & Now talks to Jeremy Hobson about online "Wrap Contracts"
 

On August 6, 2014, Professor Nancy S. Kim discussed here "What Are You Agreeing To In Online Contracts."   She mentions Faircontracts.org midway through the piece (3.46) and what consumers should look out for in online terms. 

The Courthouse Doors Are Shutting Because of Forced Arbitration

The Courthouse Doors Are Shutting Because of Forced Arbitration

Contracts Law Prof Blog on Facebook's "Creepy" Study

Contracts Law Prof Blog on Facebook's "Creepy Experiment"

Comedian John Oliver on the Fine Print

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Comedian John Oliver earlier this month delivered an epic rant on net neutrality and cable companies controlling the FCC that culminated in an exhortation for Internet "monsters," amongst others, to direct their rage by sending comments to the FCC.   Though he called it "cable company f*ckery," at about minute ten he notes how the fine print works by declaring:

Can You Lose Your Right to Get Another Job in Your Industry in the Fine Print?

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Can You Lose Your Ability to Take Another Job in Your Industry in the Fine Print?

Yes.  Veteran consumer reporter Bob Sullivan explains the hazards of signing away your livelihood potential for some period of time in the "non-compete" clauses of the fine print. 

Banking on the Fine Print -- House Briefing June 10, 2014

Banking on the Fine Print -- House Briefing, June 10, 2014

The Social Network Show on KDWN Presents Professor Nancy Kim on Wrap Contracts

The Social Network Show on KDWN Presents Professor Nancy Kim on Wrap Contracts

Listen to Professor Nancy S. Kim, author of Wrap Contracts, discuss here on this May 4, 2014 KDWN clip on what can be done to design better online contracts.  

How much money are airlines making from your unused, nonrefundable tickets? They won't say. And so far, the Department of Transportation is not making them say.

How much money are airlines making from your unused, nonrefundable tickets? 

They won't say.  So far, the Department of Transportation is not making them say.

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