How closely do you read “the fine print”?

“Golden Valley-based General Mills has inserted the fine print on its website that takes away your right to sue the conglomerate if you’ve downloaded coupons, joined its Facebook page or entered any contest” writes MPR News blogger Bob Collins.

Today’s Question: How closely do you read “the fine print”?

  • Jamie

    That seems a little over the top. I wonder if that’s really enforceable, or if it’s just another legal hurdle you have to pay your attorneys to overcome. Seems like making it public could make them reconsider.

    I’ll confess to perpetuating the greatest lie on the internet – clicking ‘Yes’ to ‘I have read and agree to the terms and conditions yada, yada, yada’

  • James

    Not that closely. Jerks! I need to implement this at my company too.

  • AndyBriebart

    Just think of all the liberties you sign away when enrolling in MNSure or Healthcare.gov.

    • Joe

      At least four, right? I tried counting but I think that’s illegal with the new law, counting makes things unaffordable.

  • PaulJ

    If something is TLTR (to long to read) I don’t think any court in the land would convict me for not reading it. Of course, not reading the rules on a coupon is not the same as not reading the rules when selling your soul.

    • AndyBriebart

      That’s why the fine print is there, it doesn’t matter if its TLTR, its still legally binding. That’s the whole point. But at some point you weight the pros and cons of crunching all the details in this fine print and at some point its not worth it, until of course, you get burned by it.

      That goes for coupons, websites, insurance policies, contracts, and of course, Obamacare.

      • Joe

        Especially Obamacare, it’s the finest print of all!

      • PaulJ

        I thought I read that those “terms of use” agreements, that you’re required to click on, aren’t usually enforceable beyond a reasonable extent. Do Judges expect everyone to hire a lawyer?

  • Chris Rathbun

    depends on the product. for things I WANT, not too much, but for things I need, more closely. after the 1st paragraph it is mostly white noise anyway.

  • Jim G

    Apparently not closely enough. Many of my smart phone app’s fine print give permission to use your contact list as they wish. I didn’t know that until after I clicked “accept.”

    • Ralphy

      In the $1,000,000,000 NCAA basketball contest a few weeks ago, the participants agreed to allow the tracking of future locations, web searches and visits, and the marketing & sales of that information. No thanks. Google already has that covered for me.

      • Jim G

        No one won that Billion dollars, right? Basically, all the basketball nuts who signed up for a dream gave up all that private data for nut-ton.

        • Ralphy

          In the entire history of bracket contests (newspaper, office pools, etc) no one has ever gotten every game right. I think the last surviving entry was gone in the round of 32. I recall the odds of winning as being something like 1 in 1.5 quintillion!

          • Jim G

            I had to look it up.

            quin·til·lion
            [kwin-til-yuhn]
            NOUN [PLURAL QUIN·TIL·LIONS, (AS AFTER A NUMERAL) QUIN·TIL·LION.]
            1.
            a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 18 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 30 zeros.

  • Rich in Duluth

    I read some of the fine print, but I base the importance of that fine print on how much harm I think, whatever I’m agreeing to, can do to me and how badly I want the service I’m signing for. I don’t usually see much harm, if I’m downloading software or signing up for membership at a web site.

    My guess is that, if a person had a substantial claim against General Mills, saving a few cents on a General Mills product and clicking Okay, would not stand in the way of pursuing a reasonable claim against them…but, I suppose a lawyer should comment on that.

  • Steve Tripp

    Fine print may have begun as a tool for protecting the business, but it has become a weapon for attacking consumers.

  • bob hicks

    I tend not to read the fine print; it’s my understanding that in contract law, failing to read the fine print is not a barrier to the right to sue if the claimed offense is egregious enough.