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EA's New User Agreement Bans Lawsuits 273

An anonymous reader writes with this snippet: "Electronic Arts has updated its Terms of Service Agreement for the Origin platform. Following Sony's steps, and taking it even further, EA has added a new clause that prevents users from suing them in both class action and jury trial forms."
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EA's New User Agreement Bans Lawsuits

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  • by Aladrin ( 926209 ) on Saturday September 24, 2011 @08:35AM (#37500958)

    The whole credit card incident with Sony has already slipped your memory? Fraud of many sorts. Destruction of your personal property, both physical and electronic.

    There are plenty of reasons.

    If there weren't, why would they bother with this?

  • Re:Oh no! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MightyYar ( 622222 ) on Saturday September 24, 2011 @09:17AM (#37501212)

    While I'd like to see the class action laws amended, this doesn't mean there is no recourse. A little organization and a mass of suits in small claims court would prove quite expensive for them. Hmmmm, I just got a web site idea :)

    As an aside, I think that class action suits are fundamentally flawed in their current form. The settlements are generally a joke for the class, with the lawyers picking up most of the benefit. Frankly, the companies benefit from it more than they are hurt by it in it's current form.

  • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Saturday September 24, 2011 @09:35AM (#37501300) Journal

    the supreme court said you can sue if you have suffered serious damages even if the contract said arbitration

    So now corporations across the country can steal small sums from millions of people, and none of them can sue because they individually haven't suffered serious damages, and can no longer pool their resources as a class.

    What it boils down to is that the Superman III/Office Space scam is de facto legal now. If you're a major corporation, that is.

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