While waiving the right to sue is common in contract negotiations and even in employment agreements, in the future consumers could waive their right to sue with the click of a button. Following a decision by a California district judge that refused to dismiss a class action lawsuit against General Mills, the company has altered its legal terms to stymie court action by consumers.
General Mills alerted customers to the changes via its website on April 15. The updated legal terms require customers to agree to use arbitration or negotiations to settle any legal issues before they are permitted to download coupons, join affiliated communities or even making purchases on the General Mills website. A banner at the top of the website alerts visitors to these changes and provides a link to details.