Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Details in legal writing

A recent case reinforces the need for careful attention to details in legal writing. BMS Natural Resources, Inc., v. Martin Co. Land Co. LLC, Civil Action no. 3:10-1261, 2011 WL 227646 (S.D.W. Va. Jan. 21, 2011). Because of spelling and grammatical errors, the complaint in that case was “virtually incomprehensible.” The lawyer who wrote it was surely embarrassed when the judge ordered him to correct the errors so the case could be resolved effectively.


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