A summons for both brevity and precision

Posted on May 7, 2015 in Bugg’s Boilerplate, General, Lawspeak

A document that crossed over my desk recently related to a civil claim in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The “show cause summons” for a party to attend a hearing was dominated by a large warning stamped across the text in red. There clearly have been difficulties maintaining standards of dress and decorum in Virginian courts.

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Strike time!

Posted on May 1, 2015 in Bugg’s Boilerplate, General

When is a strike really a strike? Is it an act of God? In the absence of a general “fault principle” in common law contracts we need to think about liability limitation for the results of strikes and similar events.

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