Did you get an email from PayPal mentioning their new User Agreement, where they are taking away your right to be part of a class action suit, unless you "opt out" by December 1, 2012? Did you look for a place to click in order to "opt out," without being able to find it? That's because the instructions on how to "opt out" are buried deep in the fine print of the user agreement (Section 14.3.3) on the PayPal site. I dug them out and am posting the instructions here, along with an example to copy, so you can protect your right to possibly benefit from a future class action suit.
Yes, we're all super busy and a million things are tugging for our attention. But, here is one thing worth taking care of, and here are simple step-by-step instructions of how to do it: Opt out of the Agreement to Arbitrate that PayPal has added to its user agreement. Why is this important? Because if you don't opt out, you cannot be part of any class action suit that might be brought against PayPal. PayPal could rip off millions or billions of people, but you would have to confront PayPal all on your own for redress, unless you Opt Out of the Agreement to Arbitrate before December 1, 2012.
Effective Date: Nov 01, 2012
(Here's where they tell you they are taking away your right to win awards as part of a class action suit.)
14.3 Agreement to Arbitrate. You and PayPal each agree that any and all disputes or claims that have arisen or may arise between you and PayPal shall be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that you may assert claims in small claims court, if your claims qualify. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Agreement to Arbitrate.
- Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief.YOU AND PAYPAL AGREE THAT EACH OF US MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PROCEEDING. UNLESS BOTH YOU AND PAYPAL AGREE OTHERWISE, THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE OR JOIN MORE THAN ONE PERSON'S OR PARTY'S CLAIMS AND MAY NOT OTHERWISE PRESIDE OVER ANY FORM OF A CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE, OR CLASS PROCEEDING. ALSO, THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD RELIEF (INCLUDING MONETARY, INJUNCTIVE, AND DECLARATORY RELIEF) ONLY IN FAVOR OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTY SEEKING RELIEF AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO PROVIDE RELIEF NECESSITATED BY THAT PARTY'S INDIVIDUAL CLAIM(S). ANY RELIEF AWARDED CANNOT AFFECT OTHER PAYPAL USERS.
(Section 14.3.3) Opt-Out Procedure.
(Here's where they tell you how to opt out.)