Website’s Browsewrap Agreement Inconspicuous and Unenforceable

Brett Long, a California resident, bought Mother’s Day flowers for his mother, living in Kansas, from  Long thought he was buying a completely assembled bouquet, but the flowers arrived as a do-it-yourself-kit.  Long filed suit in California state court against Provide Commerce, Inc., an online retailer and owner of  Long alleged violations of California state statutes and sought to bring a class action. 

Provide moved to compel arbitration, arguing that Long was bound by the Terms of Use, which required arbitration.  The trial court ruled that the hyperlinks on the website were too inconspicuous to put a reasonably prudent Internet consumer on inquiry notice.  On appeal, the Court of Appeal agreed with the trial court.

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