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That's what I figured. I just wanted to be sure.
They are legal and enforceable, so long as the clause itself is printed in at least 8 point bold faced font, the drafter of the contract is not deceptive or misleading in the terms of the clause (has to be clear english, essentially).
Could you give me a little bit more information regarding the case? What is the contract pertaining to?
Well, the provision that I cited is for lease of real property. In terms of other types of contracts, such as service contracts, these are not addressed or prohibited in statutes. They have tried to outlaw them by statute, but have failed (which means that they are still around). Also, these are typically upheld in B2B situations (what this sounds like) because of the greater savvy and understanding of typical business people.
That being said, the terms of the renewal might be unconscionable and you might be able to get the contract voided as a result, but you would have to go to court for this.
I'm sorry I could not help you further here. Good luck!