General Mills says ‘likes’ and downloading coupons voids consumer’s right to sue

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General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios as well as brands including Betty Crocker, recently updated its privacy policy on its website to alert consumers they give up the right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” the company on social media or enter company-sponsored sweepstakes, according to a report from the New York Times.

The company revised its legal terms to require anyone that has received anything that could be construed as a “benefit” and then has dispute with the company over a product must use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration to seek relief.

“We’ve updated our Privacy Policy,” the company wrote in a thin, gray bar across the top of its home page. “Please note we also have new Legal Terms which require all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration.”

The company defines the benefits as “discounts, content, features, services, or other offerings that you receive or have access to by using our websites, joining our sites as a member, joining our online community, subscribing to our email newsletters, downloading or printing a digital coupon, entering a sweepstakes or contest, redeeming a promotional offer, or otherwise participating in any other General Mills offering, you are agreeing to these terms. ”

Read more: New York Times

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