(NaturalNews) Recent changes in the legal fine print of many popular General Mills products convey that merely downloading a coupon or clicking "like" on Facebook may keep consumers from having the right to sue. The change is based on the idea that a person who sues the company over products from a company in which he has previously shown an interest does not have a legal basis for his claims. Many refer to this change as "forced arbitration" and clearly have an issue with the changes.
My, the times are a changing as the saying goes.
Julia Duncan, director of federal programs and an arbitration expert at the American Association for Justice, says, "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."
Glass, shards of metal or, remember that not too long ago Natural News' very own Health Ranger Mike Adams brought to light the fact that Wheaties, a General Mills cereal, contained fragments of metal shards. Hmmm.
Now, it seems that the company, along with others who may follow suit and make changes to their legal terms, may be grasping at straws to make the case that a one-time positive reaction on Facebook or elsewhere should get them off the hook.
This concept isn't necessarily new. In 2008, the fast food restaurant Whataburger put a sign on its doors telling customers that the act of entering the restaurant meant that the customers agreed to go through arbitration to settle disputes.
These changes are spurring reaction on social media, including comments on the Cheerios Facebook page that says, "I'm not going to like this page. I do not agree to arbitration..." Others are fast to concur. Someone else said, "Sorry Bisquick. As much as I love you, I am now boycotting you because General Mills is a tool of the company."
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