Re: E-mail disclaimers

Subject: Re: E-mail disclaimers
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 10:35:52 -0400


I think you may have misinterpreted DH's question (or, of course, I may have misinterpreted it). I think he is asking whether, as a tech writer, any of us has successfully negotiated clearer wording for such a disclaimer with the company's lawyer (or whoever else might be responsible). I don't think he was going to try to hack the mail system to change it on his own.

That said, although I've never had the misfortune to work for a company that was sufficiently anal to attach email disclaimers, I have been successful in developing a working relationship with company counsel so that _where he wants the wording to be clear to the reader_ (not always the case), he will accept my editorial input, subject to his final legal input.

As others have pointed out, sometimes legal text has contradictory-sounding phrases in it because of case law, not because of poor writing skills.


Goldstein, Dan wrote:

Hi Dan,

I strongly advise that you do nothing to edit the text that your boss adds
to outgoing messages. Your boss (or your boss's lawyer) wants it there,
right? Bear in mind that you've already identified your company in your
post, which is publicly accessible on the Web.


Dan Goldstein


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