Chicago's Best Ideas: "One Way Contracts"

Chicago's Best Ideas: "One Way Contracts"


Presented by Omri Ben-Shahar, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law What if consumer contracts were legally enforceable only against the consumers, but not against the business? The idea of "one-way contracts," to which consumers are bound but the businesses are not, is offered as a basis to explore alternative, non-legal consumer protections. Despite weakening legal protections of consumers, the one-way contracts regime has the potential to improve consumers' well being. In fact, in many area consumer contracts are already disguised "one-way contracts." The conclusion is that the focus among consumer protection advocates on enhancing access to, and the scope of, legal remedies may be misguided.

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