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Center for Consumer Law
  Volume 123 Number 2

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The People’s Lawyer’s Tip of the Day

Extended warranties are usually a bad buy for a consumer; but check your credit card. Many credit cards, especially premium cards, offer free buyer's protection plans that act like an extended warranty when you pay with the car. 

Treating Cancer has become even more Expensive

Cancer is one of the most expensive and riskiest diseases to treat. A new study shows that cancer drugs have become significantly more expensive compared to the drugs used 15 years ago. Researchers have showed that the cost for a month of treatment with the latest cancer drugs from 2014 cost six times more than cancer drugs from 2000. To put that into more understandable figures, the researchers said that the cancer drugs from 2000 had an average cost of $1,869 per month. The cancer drugs from 2014 cost $11,325 which is nearly $10000 more. Click here for more.

Your Money

Getting a deal on a food festival or other event is terrific. But don’t let scammers leave a bad taste in your mouth by taking a big bite out of your money — and giving you nothing in return. Reports and consumer complaints show that there are scam artists who promote concerts and similar events on social shopping sites, and people buy tickets, only to show up at the so-called venue with no event. Click here for more.

For the Lawyers

No agreement to arbitrate in online contract. The Seventh Circuit analyzed TransUnion’s website and the user experience. It noted that the user was required to take steps through a scroll-through menu, with a button to click through to authorize TransUnion to request the user’s financial information. The court noted that the website did not call the user’s attention to the Service Agreement, which contained the arbitration clause “buried at page 8”, nor did the scroll-through buttons advise the user of the agreement or that he or she was agreeing to its terms. Thus, the court noted that there was no notice to the TransUnion customers that they were agreeing to the terms of the Service Agreement, and that it was not enough that the website provided a scroll-through menu and a hyperlinked copy of the agreement. The court agreed with the district court order, holding that no agreement that contained an arbitration clause was formed, and it thus affirmed the denial of TransUnion’s motion to compel arbitration. Sgouros v. TransUnion Corp., No. 15-1371 (7th Cir. Mar. 25, 2016). Click here for more.

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