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lecture notes ch. 19 - Chapter 19 Title:BusLawSeal.eps...

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Chapter 19 E-Contracts and E-Signatures C HAPTER O UTLINE I. Online Contract Formation Disputes arising from contracts entered into online concern the terms and assent to those terms. A. O NLINE O FFERS 105
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CHAPTER 19: E-CONTRACTS AND E-SIGNATURES           106 1. Displaying the Offer Terms should be conspicuous and clearly spelled out. On a Web site, this can be done with a link to a  separate page that contains the details.
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CHAPTER 19: E-CONTRACTS AND E-SIGNATURES           107 S PECIAL E XHIBIT Online Acceptances The following illustration summarizes some of the principles of  online acceptances  involving shrink-wrap  agreements, click-on agreements, and browse-wrap terms discussed in the text. CLICK-ON AGREEMEN T SHRINK- WRAP BROWSE- WRAP TERMS ARE THESE TERMS PART OF A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE PARTIES? Yes, if before entering into the contract, the buyer—
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CHAPTER 19: E-CONTRACTS AND E-SIGNATURES           108 C ASE S YNOPSIS Case 19.1: Feldman v. Google, Inc. When an Internet user searches on Google using key words that an advertiser has identified, an ad  appears. If the user clicks on it, Google, Inc., charges the advertiser. The terms for this arrangement be- tween Google and the advertiser are displayed online in a window with a scroll bar. A link to a printer- friendly version of the terms is at the top of the window. At the bottom of the page, viewable without  scrolling, are the words, “Yes, I agree to the above terms and conditions,” and a box on which a party  must click to proceed.   Among the terms, a forum-selection clause provides that any dispute is to be  “adjudicated in Santa Clara County, California.” Lawrence Feldman participated in the program. In a  subsequent suit between Feldman and Google in a federal district court in Pennsylvania, Feldman, al- leging fraud, filed a motion for summary judgment. Google asked the court to transfer the case to a court  in Santa Clara County, California. The court denied Feldman’s motion for summary judgment and granted Google’s motion to transfer  the case. The “requirements of an express contract for reasonable notice of terms and mutual assent are  satisfied.” Feldman and Google were bound to the terms. “Absent a showing of fraud, failure to read an  enforceable clickwrap agreement, as with any binding contract, will not excuse compliance with its  terms.”  .................................................................................................................................................. Notes and Questions What other click-on, or click wrap, agreements have courts held to provide reasonable notice?
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