“Team Adams” and Hiring Informed Consumers of Contract Language

On Wednesday I was pleased to receive an email from Lissa Morris. She participated in a series of Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass, and Wednesday saw the last of the eight weekly one-hour sessions in her series. Her email is below—you’ll see why I found it a tonic. In it, Lissa refers to “Team Adams.” I propose that it’s her way … Read More

A Humdinger of an Opinion from the Delaware Chancery Court: AB Stable VIII LLC v. MAPS Hotels and Resorts One LLC

If you’re weary of the shitshow, I suggest you check out the work of an exemplary public servant—the Delaware Chancery Court opinion by Vice Chancellor Laster in AB Stable VIII LLC v. MAPS Hotels and Resorts One LLC (here), issued on 30 November 2020. It’s another epic Laster opinion, weighing in at 242 pages. The dispute involves the proposed purchase of … Read More

40% Off MSCD on 30 November 2020!

Now hear this! If you buy A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting from the American Bar Association’s web store (here) on “Cyber Monday” (30 November 2020) and use the discount code CYBER2020, you’ll get 40% off and free ground shipping. That, my friends, is a bargain. Why would you want to buy the book? Well, the Law Society Gazette … Read More

Fix this Glitch on Page 52 of MSCD Fourth Edition

Today we salute Meade Ali. Meade is a longtime reader, but he also happens to be a participant in one of the current series of Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass. It was in that capacity that he laid it on me: in chapter 3, in table 1, on page 52, example [1-2b] is marked with two Xs but it should in … Read More

Why I’m an Absolutist in My Pursuit of Clearer Contracts

These days I live something of an incrementalist life. For example, in an overnight switch I now pour oat milk, instead of cow’s milk, on my industrial quantities of granola, but I don’t expect to give up cheese anytime soon. And in an attempt stop using so many paper towels and so much plastic wrap, I currently use sponge cloths … Read More

What (If Anything) Does It Mean to Have a Court Cite My Work?

An anonymous informant—oh what the heck, it was Glenn West—told me that in Channel MedSystems, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corporation (here), an opinion issued just yesterday by the Delaware Court of Chancery, Chancellor Bouchard cites A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. More specifically, here’s footnote 236: The parties frame their arguments in terms of “breaches” of representations. The court … Read More

MSCD Fourth Edition Reviewed in the Law Society Gazette

The current issue of the Law Society Gazette (published by the Law Society of England and Wales) contains a review of the fourth edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (here). It’s by Daphne Perry. You might recall that earlier this year Practical Law Company recorded a video of me chatting with Daphne (here). (The legal-writing world is … Read More

ABA Sale: 25% Off “A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting”

You have two days left—21 and 22 August—to get 25% off the ABA price for A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. That might be a better price than what Amazon is currently offering. Go here. I couldn’t help noticing that MSCD is the ABA’s biggest-selling title for 2018. I wouldn’t be surprised if that makes it one of the … Read More