January 16, 2014 Articles

Book Review: Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law

Don't forget to read the fine print.

By Dennis Owens

Margaret Jane Radin
Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law
Princeton University Press

We have all clicked on β€œI agree.” When we buy anything, from a TV to a home, we sign that printed contract without reading it. And we sign away our rights, possibly even very real potential claims. We require ourselves to bring suit in a venue far away, we waive jury trials, we relieve the seller from legal duties. Professor Radin, who teaches law at the University of Michigan, asks: β€œIs this fair?” Should courts enforce provisions that buyers never even knew about?

Why do we not read boilerplate? The author gives seven reasons.

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