Monthly Archives: August 2007

Another Helping of Syntactic Ambiguity

My email in-box is overflowing with emails from Lexis notifying me of cases ostensibly relating to ambiguity. I fished from the torrent the following straightforward …

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What to Call Contracts You Base a New Contract On

I’ve intermittently pondered what to call the contracts one copies, in whole or in part, when drafting a new contract. Contracts Prepared for Use in …

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Adams Op-Ed Article in the Globe and Mail—”Behind the Scenes of the Comma Dispute”

The Globe and Mail (the Canadian newspaper) has published my op-ed piece “>Behind the Scense of the Comma Dispute.” I hope you enjoy it!

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“On the One Hand … On the Other Hand”

Once more, I doff my cap to a reader of this blog. Steve Pappas—a Penn Law classmate—suggested to me that the construction on the one …

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Litigators Drafting Contracts?

I recently encountered this article about drafting a mediation settlement agreement. The fact that it was published by the Section of Litigation of the ABA …

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Rogers Victory in the Comma Case

Today the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission released a decision in the famous “comma case.” Click here for a copy of the decision. (You may …

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Features Added to AdamsDrafting Blog

I’ve belatedly added a couple of features to this blog. If you wish to inform someone of a post, as an alternative to emailing them …

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New NYLJ Article on Materiality

Today’s issue of the New York Law Journal contains my article Revisiting Materiality. Click here for a pdf reprint; it’s also available on the GC …

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ABA 2007 Annual Meeting (Including My Panel-Discussion Materials)

I had originally had in mind some sort of journalistic report on my “How to Write Better Business Documents” panel discussion and other goings-on at …

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“I Particularly Do Not Enjoy … Contracts”

A reader alerted me to this post on Above the Law. It’s about a letter that a Big Law corporate associate sent to his firm …

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More on Retrieving and Using Contracts Filed with the SEC

In this December 2006 post I discussed ways of retrieving contracts that have been filed on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR system. In …

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A Contract-Drafting Pop Quiz for Lawyers

Are you a lawyer? Do you draft contracts? Do you have other people draft contracts for you? Yes? Then I have a pop quiz for …

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Reminder: Wydick, Garner, and Adams to Speak at ABA Annual Meeting

As I mentioned in this post, this coming Friday, August 10th, from 2:30PM to 4:30PM, Dick Wydick, Bryan Garner, and I will be speaking at …

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More on Needless Elaboration

[Revised August 8, 2007] I’ve previously blogged about how drafters often refer to a given set, then refer to subsets that compose all or part …

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Deal Lawyers and Litigators—Two Cultures?

I just read “The Billable Hour Must Die,” an article by Scott Turow in the August 2007 issue of the ABA Journal. The following paragraph …

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