A Psychological Account of Consent to Fine Print

Author:Tess Wilkinson-Ryan
Position:Assistant Professor of Law and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania Law School

The moral and social norms that bear on contracts of adhesion suggest a deep ambivalence. Contracts are perceived as serious moral obligations, and yet they must be taken lightly or everyday commerce would be impossible. Most people see consent to boilerplate as less meaningful than consent to negotiated terms, but they nonetheless would hold consumers strictly liable for both. This Essay aims to ... (see full summary)

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