Articles Tagged with Contracts

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You may or may not use a serial comma wherever (or nowhere) else you want, but woe to the person who leaves the serial comma out of legal documents, including contracts, legal opinions, statutes, regulations, and any other legal agreement or law that will be interpreted literally (and I mean literally, literally) by parties to the agreement or by a judge – or even, mercy, by a legislator or government lawyer.

Honestly now: Do you really want to pay lawyer(s!) bills and court costs when lawyers, judges, and clients end up doing battle over the meaning of a sentence when the presence of a comma would have allowed everyone to go home to supper and a peaceful night’s sleep?

Lawyers, legislators, drafters of laws, and judges have enough trouble writing clearly without adding to their own and their readers’ woes. Use the serial comma, please. It will save all of us time and money.

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“FREELANCERS REJOICE: A HISTORIC NYC LAW HELPS FREELANCERS DEMAND PAYMENT,” by Victoria Law, Bitch Media, October 28, 2016:

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On Thursday, October 27, freelancers throughout New York City had cause to celebrate. By a unanimous vote, all 51 members of the New York City Council passed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act. It’s the nation’s first legislation protecting freelancers from non-payment….

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On October 16th, Amazon filed a a follow-up to its King County Case No. 15-2-08579-4 SEA (filed April 8, 2015): King County Superior Court, 15-2-25395-6 SEA, for:

Breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and other causes of action.

BBC News story: Amazon targets 1,114 ‘fake reviewers’ in Seattle lawsuit

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It seems that everywhere one turns, Congress, state legislators, and local elected officials are making “Grand Bargains.” So, what is a Grand Bargain?

A “bargain” is, generally speaking (in “dictionary” language), an agreement by one party to buy and another to sell. (There must also be “consideration,” but that is another topic of discussion.) See definitions in the Free Dictionary and in the free, online Merriam-Webster.

Grand” means, simply speaking, large, in size or scope.

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I was talking to a researcher recently about submitting an “idea” to a company. They had come across an Idea Submission Agreement “online” and thought, “Jackpot!”

Not so fast, pal.

You’ll find many generic idea submission agreements online and companies also have their own submission agreement templates on their websites.