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In Thornton v. Uber Technologies, Inc., the Georgia Court of Appeals addressed an issue of first impression when it joined courts across the country to evaluate the enforceability of online and app contracts, and the arbitration agreements within them.
The fact-pattern is familiar to anyone with a smartphone: Thornton signed up for Uber’s rideshare app on his Android. He followed a set of screens to set up his account and ultimately entered his payment information on the final registration screen: either a credit card or PayPal. Near the bottom of the registration screen was a hyperlink to Uber’s Terms and Conditions, which included an arbitration agreement. Thornton presented evidence however, that when he started to enter his credit card information, the keyboard covered the hyperlink to the terms and conditions. Thornton completed his registration in May 2016 and began using Uber’s services.
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