General Mills: If you 'like' us, don't sue us
The company is attempting to block lawsuits with a new policy that lawyers are already questioning.
If you like Cheerios, you may want to keep it to yourself.
The Fortune 500 powerhouse notes a change in legal terms, warning on its website:
So consumers who follow General Mills brands on social networks, subscribe to newsletters, enter sweepstakes, print coupons or benefit in any way using the site also enter a contract with the company, waiving all rights to future lawsuits.
General Mills even hinted that consumers who buy the products could be bound by those terms, according to The New York Times, who reached out to the company about its changes.
Food companies are increasingly facing more class-action lawsuits over labeling and ingredients. Last year, General Mills shelled out $8.5 million to settle a suit over how it labeled its Yoplait Yo-Plus yogurt. In 2012, two women sued the company over claims its Nature Valley products were 100% natural, alleging highly processed ingredients were used. That same year, it settled another suit over Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups, agreeing to remove the word "strawberry" from its packaging.
Credit-card and mobile-phone companies are known for placing airtight restrictions in contracts, but this may be the first instance of a major food manufacturer attempting to block lawsuits.
Lawyers told The New York Times that General Mills' new language will raise legal questions. And the next time it faces legal action, General Mills will likely need to prove the consumer had prior knowledge of the policy before a court can weigh in about whether the company can be sued, arbitration experts told the Times.
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Hey General Mills you won't be tricking me anymore.
I will quit using your products and boycott your firm.
I am concerned that you would stoop so low as to trick and trap customers into arbitration instead of having confidence in your products.
Should we not have the right to sue you if you make and market wrong products?
I'm certainly not going to support you.
You should spend your time making good products not protecting yourself from justified lawsuits.
As long as you have been in business if your still getting sued for stupid products your whole executive board, CEO and entire management team should be fired for incompetence.
how can clicking a "like" button online be binding at all anywhere?
Maybe FB can add a "Hate" button?! How about if consumers have their own "Terms of Service" contract that favors them and holds the company to consumers' binding arbitration?
Ah facebook. Invented for convenience and turned into an international spy agency. Awesome. Good luck facebookers.
I don't think they can get away with that, actually. Everyone deserves a right to a fair trial, it's a constitutional right, and this infringes on that. You'd think they think we live in China or something, where they have absolutely no rights or regulations, the corporate wet dream. Here's the thing General Mills: If you don't like our law system, GET THE HELL OUT OF AMERICA! We won't miss you.
Guess they are getting ready for when they import cheap toxic Chinese made cereals they want to make sure noone can sue them when their family members die.
If you are going to make a bad product or advertise it as something it is not this is what happens
If you say you love someone, does that mean they have to sleep with you ?
If you voted for Obama, can you still complain about the economy ?
I guess you like them or you don't..?
Guess Lawyers don't, because it may hurt one of their "cash cows."
Especially if other companies start doing something similar...
Most of the suits are frivolous at best...
So can we sue them for sending us coupons in our daily mailings in attempting to lure the public to thier fake products?? Id like to refuse anything advertised from them since I wont be tempted to buy their decietful products...
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