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Pokemon Go Terms Include Arbitration Agreement

What does it take to play Pokemon Go, the new game released by Niantic last week that already has an estimated 10 million active users? The answer: A smartphone and a willingness to surrender one of your Seventh Amendment rights. Before customers are allowed to access the reality-based game, they must agree to waive their Constitutional right to a jury trial should something go wrong. These agreements, called arbitration agreements, or, less formally, “rip-off clauses,” are already widely used by banks, internet providers, and other industries to strip customers of their right to sue. Instead of seeking a remedy through ... Read More

Rape victim jumps arbitration hurdle, reclaims right to trial

One would think that a woman who is gang raped by seven coworkers, then locked in a shipping container for more than 24 hours without food, water or even a bed, would be able to find justice. After all, this is the United States. We have justice written into our constitution, our pledge of allegiance, and the very fabric of society. But for Jamie Leigh Jones, a 21-year-old Halliburton computer technician working in Iraq, obtaining justice against those fellow Halliburton employees who brutalized her has been a long, complicated and arduous battle. For years, Jones has been seeking compensation against ... Read More