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Browse-Wrap Agreements: Validity of Implied Assent in Electronic Form Agreements


Christina L. Kunz


William Mitchell College of Law

John Ottaviani


Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

Elaine D. Ziff


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - New York Office

Juliet M. Moringiello


Widener University - School of Law

Kathleen Porter


Robinson & Cole, LLP

Jennifer Debrow


Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A.

November 1, 2003

Business Lawyer, Vol. 59, No. 1, 2003
William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper

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This Article examines the rules of law governing implied assent, arguments for and against valid implied assent in the context of browse-wrap agreements, principles of contract law addressing implied assent in the "paper world," and the application of these principles to the electronic contract setting. Based on the precedents discussed in this Article, as well as policy arguments, the authors posit that a user validly and reliably assents to the terms of a browse-wrap agreement if the following four elements are satisfied:

(i) The user is provided with adequate notice of the existence of the proposed terms. (ii) The user has a meaningful opportunity to review the terms. (iii) The user is provided with adequate notice that taking a specified action manifests assent to the terms. (iv) The user takes the action specified in the latter notice.

This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: implied assent, browse-wrap agreements, contracts, electronic forms

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Date posted: July 15, 2010  

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Kunz, Christina L. and Ottaviani, John and Ziff, Elaine D. and Moringiello, Juliet M. and Porter, Kathleen and Debrow, Jennifer, Browse-Wrap Agreements: Validity of Implied Assent in Electronic Form Agreements (November 1, 2003). Business Lawyer, Vol. 59, No. 1, 2003; William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1640185

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Christina L. Kunz (Contact Author)
William Mitchell College of Law ( email )
875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States
John Ottaviani
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP ( email )
Elaine D. Ziff
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - New York Office ( email )
Four Times Square
NY 10036
United States
Juliet M. Moringiello
Widener University - School of Law ( email )
3800 Vartan Way
P.O. Box 69382
Harrisburg, PA 17106
United States
Kathleen Porter
Robinson & Cole, LLP ( email )
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103-3597
United States
Jennifer Debrow
Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A. ( email )
3400 City Center
33 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3796
United States
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