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DeFontes v. Dell, Inc.
Citation:Supreme Court of Rhode Island 984 A.2d 1061 (2009)
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The plaintiffs purchased computers and service contracts from Dell. The service contracts were offered by Dell through third-party servicers (BancTec and QualxServ) that provided on-site repairs of Dell products. At the time of purchase and at delivery, a set of terms and conditions accompanied the Dell products. Consumers could review the terms and conditions via a hyperlink on Dell’s website, on the invoice sent to after the purchase, and in the packaging with the computer products. The terms and conditions included an agreement to arbitrate.
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