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Although web-based editing tools make it easy to update content on-the-fly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit says online contracts cannot be changed without first notifying website users who agreed to the terms of the earlier version. No news yet whether this decision, which directly impacts businesses in the nine westernmost States, between Mexico and Canada—and the territories of Guam and Northern Mariana, although other states are expected to consider similar mandates. Expect those who don’t want this rule to survive to challenge the 9th Circuit in the US Supreme Cort, should the court find the issue worthy of consideration.

Read the decision.