The amount of fine print contained in consumer warranties and disclaimers keeps growing, with no let-up in sight. Consumers are faced increasingly with reading through hundreds of pages of fine print, most of it hard to understand and too small to read.

Noted Ballard Spahr consumer financial services partner Alan Kaplinsky: "The amount of disclosures that banks and other companies that deal with consumers need to provide is just overwhelming. You’ve got this competing demand to comply with all these laws and to do things that make sure you don’t become a target of the next class action suit."

The Center for Plain Language wants government agencies and businesses to start making such notices easier to read and less confusing. Though tempting to ignore, the fine print on agreements and warranties actually contains important information, so use of more-straightforward English will work to the benefit of consumers.