And that's why the aforementioned millionaires have gotten you to sign away your right to sue.
What You Agreed To:
Damn near every user agreement now includes a clause about arbitration. In short, this means that in exchange for using any given service, you agree not to sue should a dispute arise. Instead, your case will be taken in front of an arbitrator who will listen to both sides, one of which will include a team of high-powered lawyers. The other side, of course, will just include you. But on the bright side, you'll finally get a chance to put everything you learned from years of watching Matlock into action.
Sadly, no amount of training can mimic those eyebrows.
And this isn't some fine-print thing, either. It's very clearly laid out on your agreement page. Usually it will be something simple, along the lines of "You agree that, by entering into this Agreement, you and _____ are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action."
Netflix, for example, was getting sued out the ass, so why not update the terms and take away people's right to do it? And remember when the PlayStation Network got hacked? Sony remembers. That made a lot of people mad -- mad enough to go to court. That's why they changed their terms to prevent your disputes from ending up there.
"We haven't heard any complaints about the new rules. I'm sorry, did I say 'heard'? I meant 'listened to'."
You will find similar terms in the online contracts of PayPal, eBay, most cellphone contrac- you know what? Just assume it's every company.
Again, we're not saying these companies are going to screw you. They've just made sure that, legally, they can if they ever feel like it.
Erik Germ is the owner of hugefrigginarms.com and would love for you to follow him on Twitter.
For more companies that got screwed before they starting screwing you, check out 6 Global Corporations Started by Their Founder's Shitty Luck. Or learn about the ones that just decided to screw everyone in 6 Companies That Rigged The Game (And Changed the World).
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