Lawyers and Lemons

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in General, Lawspeak

Last month we had UK “dog law”, so I thought we could balance it out by crossing the Atlantic Ocean and look at the “lemon law” website of what would appear to be a legal advocate for the Californian citrus industry.   But if you were to know that so-called lemon laws in the U.S. relate to defective products (originally automobiles cf. German Montagsauto ), then perhaps the website makes a bit more sense: For more than 15 years, lawyer...

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(Unwritten) Dreams Do Come True!

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in General, Lawspeak

It is not unusual in daily business situations to have an oral (parol) contract or collateral agreement. But the perils of this situation are widely reported especially in terms of proving the existence and exact conditions of such agreements. It was therefore rather refreshing to see the courts supporting a “happy end” (for at least one party) in such a situation. This case also provides an interesting insight into the day-to-day...

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August 2014

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in General, Lawspeak

Contracts should not be a lottery. Get it signed and in writing: this is not only a rule of common sense but also a fundamental principle for commercial contracts and indeed, any agreement. Although they may help you with luck at the lottery (as we see in one of this month’s cases), dreams and parol contracts are not a good foundation for doing business. In contrast, on page 2 you will discover how working with the law can be a very bitter...

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