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Expanded Merchant Tort Liability, Democratic Degradation, And Mass Market Standard Form Contracts—A Two-Part Critique Of Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, And The Rule Of Law (Part Ii), Steven W. Feldman Jan 2014

Expanded Merchant Tort Liability, Democratic Degradation, And Mass Market Standard Form Contracts—A Two-Part Critique Of Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, And The Rule Of Law (Part Ii), Steven W. Feldman

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Analyzing a difficult subject that pervades contract law and which is vital to the national economy, many scholars have written about boilerplate contracts. With her 2013 book, Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights and the Rule of Law, Professor Margaret Jane Radin weighs in on the discussion. In a complement to existing contract remedies against abusive boilerplate, she proposes a new tort that she calls “intentional deprivation of basic legal rights.” She also identifies another new tort theory that deems abusive boilerplate to be a defective “product” under the law of products liability.

Radin further contends that these merchant practices …