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Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Carnival Cruise Line Ticket

Carnival_cruise_ticketOne of the great things about contract law, as I think we've mentioned before, is that you almost never have to read U.S. Supreme Court cases.  An exception is Shute v. Carnival Cruise Line, 499 U.S. 585 (1991), found in many casebooks, where the court held a choice-of-forum clause in a cruise ticket binding on the passenger even though the terms were on a ticket she didn't get until after she'd bought it.

Here, courtesy of Irma Russell (Tulsa), is a copy of the Carnival ticket.  The yellow sticker on the right shows the bit of boilerplate that managed to momentarily distract the court from more important stuff, like whether the Founders intended a Constitutional right to lap dances, and exactly what clothing restrictions the State can put on them.

[Frank Snyder]

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