Origin Adds Anti-Lawsuit Language to TOS

Electronic Arts has amended it's Terms of Service to include anti-lawsuit language, following a Supreme Court ruling that prompted a similar move by Sony. Kotaku outlines the new language:
"By accepting these terms, you and EA expressly waive the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.

YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY THIS PROVISION, YOU AND EA ARE FOREGOING THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A JURY TRIAL.

YOU AND EA AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING."
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"You mean like turning around and holding an individual hostage within arbitration with lawyers? Or by using an agreement that's so long, with terms that most people don't understand and try it as enforceable? Those are pretty good examples. Remember that the average reading level in north america is between grade 6 and grade 8. "

@Mashiki - "holding hostage within arbitration" - Thanks to Congress, it's legal and the supreme court does not consider it a due process violation because you enter into the agreement by "consent" (breaking the seal of the disc or clicking on "I agree"). At least with respect to adults, the judge is going to take that consent seriously and send you right back to arbitration. (Children are a special case). The reason I brought up the Toyota case is because that style of contract was completely inappropriate. However, the Toyota case hasn't actually been decided on the merits yet, and we could be in for a surprise.

You should be mad! Nothing will happen until everyone is mad enough to force Congress to repeal the FAA.
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