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Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law

Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law

by Margaret Jane Radin
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ISBN-13: 9780691155333
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/25/2012
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Margaret Jane Radin is the Henry King Ransom Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and the William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law, emerita, at Stanford University. Radin is the author of Reinterpreting Property and Contested Commodities.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Prologue: World A (Agreement) and World B (Boilerplate) xiii

Part I. Boilerplate, Consumers' Rights,and the Rule of Law 1

  • Chapter 1 An Overview of Worlds A and B 3
  • Chapter 2 Normative Degradation: Deleting Rights without Consent in the Name of Contract 19
  • Chapter 3 Democratic Degradation: Replacing the Law of the State with the "Law" of the Firm 33

Part II. Boilerplate and Contract Theory: Rationales and Rationalizations 53

  • Chapter 4 A Summary of the Philosophy of Contract: The Theories of World A 55
  • Chapter 5 Can Autonomy Theory (Agreement, Consent) Justify Boilerplate Deletion of Rights? 82
  • Chapter 6 Can Utilitarian-Welfare (Economic) Theory Justify Boilerplate Deletion of Rights? 99

Part III. Boilerplate and Contract Remedies: Current Judicial Oversight and Possible Improvements 121

  • Chapter 7 Evaluating Current Judicial Oversight 123
  • Chapter 8 Can Current Oversight Be Improved? 143
  • Chapter 9 Improving Evaluation of Boilerplate: A Proposed Analytical Framework 154

Part IV. Escaping Contract: Other Remedial Possibilities 187

  • Chapter 10 "Private" Reform Ideas: Possible Market Solutions 189
  • Chapter 11 Reconceptualizing (Some) Boilerplate under Tort Law 197
  • Chapter 12 "Public" and Hybrid Regulatory Solutions 217

Afterword: What's Next for Boilerplate? 243
Notes 249
Index 313

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