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What exactly do these stealth provisions in the contract do?
The forced arbitration clause means that if you ever have a dispute with the company, you can’t go to a public court. You’ll have to go to a private, secretive tribunal chosen by Starbucks — in Seattle!
The class action ban means that you can’t band together with other customers to make pursuing claims worthwhile. If Starbucks rips off every gift card holder by a few dollars, that would mean millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains with no accountability.
- Public Citizen's David Arkush on Starbucks, AT&T and the Corporate Mugging of Our Rights, via Huffington Post
- Read Our Letter to Starbucks (PDF)
- The Language We're Asking Starbucks to Remove
- Tell Congress: Stop Corporations From Using the Fine Print of Contracts to Deny Consumers Access to Courts
Tell Starbucks: Stop Taking Away Your Customers' Rights
If you receive a Starbucks gift card, you should know that it comes with a stealth attack on your legal rights.
In fine print that most customers never see, there’s a forced arbitration clause and a ban on consumers joining together in class actions.
Starbucks tries hard to be seen as a company that cares. It shouldn’t get away with stripping people of their legal rights.
Sign the petition to tell Starbucks that you don’t want to sacrifice your rights in order to buy or use its prepaid card.
Petition to Starbucks:
We, the undersigned, call on Starbucks to remove from its prepaid gift cards the forced arbitration clause and the ban on joining together in a class action. Starbucks should not make its customers sacrifice their legal rights in order to buy or use a prepaid card.
|Number||Date||Name||Add a Comment|
|15367||Mon Feb 06 19:21:20 EST 2012||Phil Wells||What makes Starbuck's feel theyre so special that they should bypass the legal rights of their customers (and be surreptitious about it)?|
|15366||Mon Feb 06 19:19:02 EST 2012||Charles Bush||Please consider and heed this.|
|15365||Mon Feb 06 19:16:47 EST 2012||Rhea Osland||My family and I are loyal Starbucks customers. Now I'm very disappointed in Starbucks. This needs to change.|
|15364||Mon Feb 06 19:06:47 EST 2012||Jim Capizzo|
|15363||Mon Feb 06 19:01:10 EST 2012||Anonymous||Why am I not surprised that something Howard Schultz controls does something shady|
|15362||Mon Feb 06 18:59:09 EST 2012||Lynn Biddle||Starbucks tries hard to have an image as socially just. Forced arbitration brings to mind the clause of adhesion. Maybe it's time to revive that legal argument.|
|15361||Mon Feb 06 18:52:33 EST 2012||Anonymous|
|15360||Mon Feb 06 18:50:50 EST 2012||Esther Nelson|
|15359||Mon Feb 06 18:48:31 EST 2012||Esther Nelson|
|15358||Mon Feb 06 18:38:19 EST 2012||Jacque Gaston|
|15357||Mon Feb 06 18:27:31 EST 2012||Anne Johnson|
|15356||Mon Feb 06 18:24:29 EST 2012||Natalie A. Carter|
|15355||Mon Feb 06 18:06:42 EST 2012||Lee Shelton|
|15354||Mon Feb 06 17:57:33 EST 2012||Marsha Cummins|
|15353||Mon Feb 06 17:45:51 EST 2012||Jacques Zakin|
|15352||Mon Feb 06 17:38:47 EST 2012||Joan Sitnick|
|15351||Mon Feb 06 17:34:39 EST 2012||Ulle Koiv|
|15350||Mon Feb 06 17:32:22 EST 2012||Anonymous|
|15349||Mon Feb 06 17:15:41 EST 2012||Donald Stowers||As a consumer, I have many options as to where I choose to shop, eat or drink. Starbucks is now off my list of acceptable shops until it rescinds its current policy forcing consumers into arbitration. More....|
|15348||Mon Feb 06 17:12:25 EST 2012||Zia Islam|
|15347||Mon Feb 06 17:10:59 EST 2012||Robert Gifford|
|15346||Mon Feb 06 17:09:56 EST 2012||Beverly Jennings|
|15345||Mon Feb 06 17:02:25 EST 2012||Don Bianchi|
|15344||Mon Feb 06 16:58:22 EST 2012||Anonymous|
|15343||Mon Feb 06 16:56:53 EST 2012||Anonymous||I will always avoid doing business with any company who endeavors to deny me my right to a trial by jury. Any company that feels the need to hide their court cases from the public by using binding arbitration More....|
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