Monthly Archives: December 2007

What in a Contract Requires Typographic Emphasis?

In a recent post I said that along with switching from Times New Roman I’d be abandoning underlining in favor of bold. But here’s a …

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Using Company Numbers in the Introductory Clause

In this comment to an October 2007 post, reader Michael Fleming said the following: Speaking of things we find in the introductory clause—How about some …

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More on United Rentals Versus Cerberus—”Notwithstanding” and “Subject To”

This might be of interest to anyone who has followed the litigation between United Rentals, Inc. and the RAM entities. (Click here for my previous …

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A Year-End Note from Your Blogger

The first full year of the AdamsDrafting blog is winding to a close. Don’t worry, I’m not going to wax self-indulgently lyrical about the lot …

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Costly Drafting Errors, Part 3—United Rentals Versus Cerberus

A reference on Ideoblog to “sloppy drafting” lead me to take a closer look at the litigation between equipment-rental company United Rentals Inc. (“URI”) and …

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And I’m Getting Rid of Underlining, Too

In MSCD 12.9, I recommend using underlining to emphasize section headings, each defined term when it’s being defined, and references to exhibits and schedules. Underlining—or …

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It’s Time for a Typeface Change

[Update, 12/21/07 3:30PM EST: Previously I linked to Word 2003 versions of a document in Times New Roman and the same document in Calibri. I …

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At Least We’re Not the Only Ones Who Are Grossly Inefficient

The December 10, 2007 issue of The New Yorker contains a fascinating article entitled “The Checklist.” It’s by Atul Gawande, a surgeon who’s also a …

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“Moral Turpitude”—The Complete Post

[In this recent blog post I provided a partial analysis of the phrase moral turpitude and invited readers to complete it for me. No one …

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Sun’s Revised Contributor Agreement

A reader brought to my attention a recent post on the blog of Mike Dillon, general counsel of Sun Microsystems. It describes how Mike had …

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The Benefits of Sloppy Drafting?

In his Market Movers blog, journalist Mark Salmon discusses whether there are any benefits to sloppy contract drafting. Mark quotes another blogger to the effect …

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An Interview with Your Favorite Contract-Drafting “Guru”

The December 14, 2007, issue of the Canadian periodical The Lawyers Weekly contains an article about yours truly. Click here for a pdf copy (note …

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Am I Simply Expressing My “Personal Opinions”?

I’m back from another foray to Toronto, for a seminar at Osgoode Professional Development and another at a law firm. (Greetings, Toronto newcomers to this …

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A Report on the Penn Law 2007 Contract-Redrafting Project

Each semester that I teach, I inflict a series of drafting assignments on students in my Penn Law contract drafting class. This semester, the final …

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