If You 'Like' This Brand, You Can't Sue: General Mills Changes Legal Terms
You could be forfeiting certain legal rights simply by ‘liking’ your favorite brand on Facebook. General Mills’ new legal terms dictate that customers’ give up their right to sue the company if they ‘like’ products on Facebook, download coupons and enter sweepstakes.
The change to the terms may stem from past lawsuits, including one from 2006 in which the company settled for $8.5 million.
On Shepard Smith Reporting, Fox News legal analyst Arthur Aidala called this move “sleazy.”
Aidala said that once people buy one of General Mills’ products, they are agreeing to binding arbitration. He explained that binding arbitration on its own can help a case move through the system faster. What’s troubling in this instance is that according to the company terms, it does not have to produce sensitive documents as evidence.
He said, “If someone gets seriously injured, like they forget to label that there’s peanuts in one of their products, and a kid eats and the peanuts and gets very ill or maybe dies, I could see them challenging this and going into court […] and saying forget this arbitration thing, […] we want all the evidence.”
Aidala called it a “bait and switch” agreement, adding that it’s becoming more common among companies.