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Journal pcwhalen's Journal: Nothing changes: different decade, same consumer fraud.

I just looked back at a journal post I wrote from almost a decade ago here on /. It mentions all the same issues of arbitration and attempts by Big Biz to screw the Common Man with contract clauses.

I am not surprised that with so much money at stake for corporate America to steal that they have kept such a tight leash on consumer contract arbitration provisions. These keep a consumer from suing in court, requiring instead a forum more favorable to the Corp. Almost all consumer contracts have been changed to preclude class actions.

In my lawsuit against Sony in August over the PSN data breach, I was immediately faced with Sony changing its contract to preclude class actions. The same for my lawsuit against Citibank in their data breach.

An Australian friend put it this way: "Different dog, same leg action."

Trying to be happy is like trying to build a machine for which the only specification is that it should run noiselessly.

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