Boilerplate Symposium Part XIII: Charles Calleros on the Reasonable Expectations of Consumers

“Peggy Radin’s new book, Boilerplate, is welcome contribution to the literature precisely because it is sufficiently clearly and plainly written to be accessible to a broad spectrum of educated and intellectually curious readers. It thusly helps to fulfill our obligation to educate not just future lawyers but also members of the general public, who can perform more effectively as consumers, business owners, and citizens if they are exposed to thoughtful presentations of the legal issues of the day, from civil liberties to contractual consent. Professor Radin’s description of the increasing frequency of attenuated consent in adhesion contracts raises a significant questions: Is World A (agreement), around which much of our first-year teaching is based, fast becoming the exception to the norm of World B (boilerplate), creating a disconnect between our laws and the realities of contracting. I still hold out hope for a world in which market or legal forces can advance meaningful assent …” (more)

[ContractsProf Blog, 28 May]

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