The standards for fine print, specifically that used for disclaimer copy, is changing. While some consumer advocates are calling for more detailed disclosure statements, others say the additional copy will only make things more confusing. And nearly everyone agrees that the type is often too small.

Businesses say that fine print is a fact of life, a necessary way to protect themselves from class-action lawsuits. Executives point to a dizzying list of government regulations that, while designed to protect Americans, are turning disclosures into “bigger diatribes of long-form lawyer lingo,” according to the magazine.

“I’ve never had a client say to me, ‘Let’s hide it in the fine print so that no one will read it,’” said Alan Kaplinsky, who leads Ballard Spahr’s nationally recognized Consumer Financial Services Group. “It’s just a necessary part of transacting business in the U.S.”