SIGN UP FOR THE BREITBART EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Online Retailer Fines Customer $3,500 For Negative Review

Online Retailer Fines Customer $3,500 For Negative Review

CNN : A couple in Salt Lake City is facing a nightmare situation after doing what many us of do during the holidays – shop online – They received a hefty fine and a hit on their credit score- all because they posted a negative review about a bad customer service experience with a website. Their story serves as a lesson for anyone who shops online.

John Palmer bought a few Christmas gifts for his wife Jen on the website KlearGear.com in 2008, and he never imagined he’s still be paying the price for it 5 years later, CNN’s Pamela Brown reports. The Palmers say the items they ordered never arrived and the transaction was cancelled.

After repeated calls to KlearGear.com to find out what happened, Jen Palmer posted a review of the company on ripoffreport.com saying in part ,”There is absolutely no way to get in touch with a physical human being. No extensions work.” More than three years later, the Palmers received an e-mail appearing to be from KlearGear.com stating that they would be fined $3,500 if the negative review posted on ripoffreport.com wasn’t taken down in 72 hours.

The email cited an obscure, non-disparagement clause in the terms of use contract that states, “Your acceptance of this sales contract prohibits you from taking any action that negatively prohibits KlearGear.com.” A clause the Palmers say was added to the agreement after they made their purchase. Legal experts warn that more and more companies are adding this type of language in the fine print as protection.

P.S. DO YOU WANT MORE ARTICLES
LIKE THIS ONE DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX?
SIGN UP FOR THE DAILY BREITBART NEWSLETTER.


Comment count on this article reflects comments made on Breitbart.com and Facebook. Visit Breitbart's Facebook Page.

SIGN UP FOR THE OFFICIAL
BREITBART EMAIL NEWSLETTER

GET TODAY'S TOP NEWS DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX

I don't want to get today's top news.

x