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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|
|15317||Mon Feb 06 15:03:45 EST 2012||Nathaniel DuPhene||We don't need more backdoor legal tricks in America these days!|
|15316||Mon Feb 06 15:00:45 EST 2012||william mcbride||Shame, shame Starbucks! That's the last decaf latte I'll ever buy from you phonies.|
|15315||Mon Feb 06 14:53:39 EST 2012||Louise Radley|
|15314||Mon Feb 06 14:53:19 EST 2012||Elizabeth Basile|
|15313||Mon Feb 06 14:36:39 EST 2012||Vildan|
|15312||Mon Feb 06 14:31:18 EST 2012||Anonymous|
|15311||Mon Feb 06 14:31:06 EST 2012||Linda Oxenberg|
|15310||Mon Feb 06 14:28:30 EST 2012||Frances Hill|
|15309||Mon Feb 06 14:26:31 EST 2012||scott chapman|
|15308||Mon Feb 06 14:21:35 EST 2012||Susan dixon|
|15307||Mon Feb 06 14:07:26 EST 2012||m john stella|
|15306||Mon Feb 06 14:07:13 EST 2012||Evan Wofford|
|15305||Mon Feb 06 14:01:07 EST 2012||Cheryl Zellmer|
|15304||Mon Feb 06 13:59:52 EST 2012||Lauren Godbey|
|15303||Mon Feb 06 13:58:19 EST 2012||Rowena Lawrence|
|15302||Mon Feb 06 13:46:42 EST 2012||Priscilla Rocco|
|15301||Mon Feb 06 13:44:15 EST 2012||JAMES JESSUP|
|15300||Mon Feb 06 13:43:27 EST 2012||Anonymous|
|15299||Mon Feb 06 13:35:24 EST 2012||Madelyn Morales|
|15298||Mon Feb 06 13:32:01 EST 2012||ARTHUR ALENIK|
|15297||Mon Feb 06 13:31:52 EST 2012||Cary Friedman||Starbucks has shit for coffee, it tastes like mud, I do not undersatnd why anyone would go three.|
|15296||Mon Feb 06 13:31:20 EST 2012||Karissa Silver||This goes against the positive image that Starbucks has been cultivating for years. Plus, it is just plain wrong!|
|15295||Mon Feb 06 13:29:36 EST 2012||Luci Bruner||I say 'Occupy Starbucks!'|
|15294||Mon Feb 06 13:29:19 EST 2012||Lily Adlin|
|15293||Mon Feb 06 13:28:35 EST 2012||Donald Judd|
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