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General Mills abandons new online terms of service

The company said public concern forced it to remove new terms of service from its website. The Minnesota-based food company had planned to require consumers to agree to arbitration or informal negotiation instead of pursuing lawsuits if they've engaged with General Mills online through coupon downloads, sweepstakes, and other activities.
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General Mills reverses itself on consumers' right to sue the company

The company said in an e-mail late Saturday night that public concern forced it to remove new terms of service from its website. The Minnesota-based food company had planned to require consumers to agree to arbitration or informal negotiation instead of pursuing lawsuits if they've engaged with General Mills online through coupon downloads, sweepstakes, and other activities.
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