After a 2011 Supreme Court decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, forced arbitration clauses have been added to many major corporations’ privacy policies. For the most part, these companies are banks, credit card companies, internet or phone service providers, or content streamers. The long list of companies with forced arbitration clauses includes Netflix, Chase Bank, AT&T, Driftwood Nursing Home, and Xbox Live. “Although this is the first case I’ve seen of a food company moving in this direction, others will follow — why wouldn’t you?” said Julia Duncan, director of federal programs and an arbitration expert at the American Association for Justice, a trade group representing plaintiff trial lawyers. “It’s essentially trying to protect the company from all accountability, even when it lies, or say, an employee deliberately adds broken glass to a product.”
“When you’re talking about food, you’re also talking about things that can kill people,” Scott L. Nelson, a lawyer at non-profit advocacy group Public Citizen, told the Times. “There is a huge difference in the stakes, between the benefit you’re getting from this supposed contract you’re entering into by, say, using the company’s website to download a coupon, and the rights they’re saying you’re giving up. That makes this agreement a lot broader than others out there.”
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