Herriman, UT asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Communications Law for Utah

Q: If I unknowingly signed a DocuSign Contract for my boss's company (that I am in no way authorized to sign) is it valid?

My boss told me to cancel his Waste Management service because his monthly trash bills were ridiculously high. I contacted them and told them I needed to cancel the service because it's too expensive. We have another provider that will do the same service for 100's less per month. They transfered me to someone else and she proceeded to tell me that she could do a price review to get our bill lowered. I said we have new service starting next month, but it would be nice to have the last bill be lowered. She never mentioned the word contract and she knew I had new service lined up for the following month. I told her I only needed 1 more month of service. She then said she needed me to sign a price review document that she would email to me. I signed, without reading it. (stupid I know). The very day that I signed this (which turned out to be a 3 year contract) I contacted Waste Management beside myself, telling them that I had no authorization to sign, but they will not let me out of it.

1 Lawyer Answer

A: I do not practice law in Utah--but I am very well aware of how easy it is these days to trick people into doing something they never intended to do. However, that said, I also know how easy it is for THE BUSINESS (not you) to hire lawyer to take up the business' mantle and push back at corporate bullies like Waste management--especially if done at the very beginning of the 3 year contract.

CAVEAT: If the lawyer wants to charge the business more money than the savings realized by going forward with the competitor, the business would be foolish to tilt at windmills--especially those that are not productive.

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