January 3, 2011

Oh Boy! The World’s Largest Holiday Disclaimer

During the break, I wrote one blog that proved popular entitled “The Mighty Holiday Disclaimer: One That Any Lawyer Could Love!” People loved the disclaimer, I suppose for the same reasons that this “Law and the Multiverse” blog has proved popular (the blog analyzes the legal issues related to damage caused by superheros during their missions).

Cary Klafter of Intel quickly responded by sharing what I imagine has to be the world’s largest holiday disclaimer, running for 8 pages – so long that I don’t dare repeat it verbatim in this blog – rather I posted it as a PDF. But here is a small excerpt from the opening so you can get a taste:

Please accept, with no obligation, implied or implicit, the best wishes of the Corporate Legal Group (sometimes hereinafter referred to as the “wisher” or “us” or “publisher” or however else we refer to ourselves in this document in our complete and unfettered discretion) for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender and gender-identity neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all . . . . . and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only “America” in the western hemisphere or that there are not other hemispheres of equal dignity), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference or identity of the wishee (or lack thereof with regards to any or all of such, or other, factors) (and further not to imply that the winter solstice should be considered a holiday for those afflicted, through no fault of their own, with some form of psychological or physical depression occasioned by the natural reduction of sunlight or increase in precipitation due to seasonal factors (or increase/reduction for those in the so-called Southern Hemisphere)). (Note: based on some news stories we are modestly concerned about the Mayan calendar since it apparently predicts the End Of Time (EOT) in 2012, unless inappropriately interpreted by non-Mayan so-called “scholars”, but we disclaim any responsibility for the EOT and as a matter of public policy we do not advocate the EOT).

And here is another funny electronic holiday card, courtesy of Shareholder Representative Services…

Europe’s Answer to Dodd-Frank? The MiFID Review Affects Almost Everyone

As noted in these memos posted in our “European Law” Practice Area, the European Commission published proposals for revision of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID”) last month. The comment period is open until February 2nd and the Commission is scheduled to publish its final proposals, including legislative text, in the spring (probably in mid-May).

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To start off the New Year right, remember this Seinfeld gem…


– Broc Romanek