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General Mills Using Facebook Policy As Tort Protection

 
General Mills Using Facebook Policy As Tort Protection
Posted Friday, April 18th 2014 @ 6pm  by KFBK News - Amy Lewis

Did you know that when you "like" a company on Facebook, you are giving up your right to sue that company?

"That's exactly what General Mills is trying to do with this policy.  The policy is so broad, they've essentially granted themselves a license to break the law," said Julia Duncan.

Duncan, who is Director of Federal Programs for the American Association for Justice, added that you may innocently "like" a product on Facebook that General Mills makes, but if you end up having a problem with that product you can't take them to court.  Instead, you'll be forced into arbitration.

"Forced arbitration is an abusive, un-American, practice where corporations are able to force their customers into something of a "dispute-mill" that is both rigged and secretive.  Corporations pick the arbitrator and the arbitrator's decision is final" Ducan warned. 

As far as what "final" means, she says, 

"So you have no ability to appeal, or get to court every for any claim."

Also to be noted, this applies to downloading General Mills coupons, or entering one of its sweepstakes, and Duncan says she believes more companies will follow General Mills. Caveat Emptor, let the buyer, (or Facebooker) beware.

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