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For RSS readers, I recommend Feedly.

For reasons known only to themselves, the good folks at Google are cancelling the Google Reader come July. If you have been using Google Reader to follow blogs (including this one), and if you are still looking for another reader, then I recommend Feedly. I have been giving it a workout the past few days, and now that I’ve got the hang of it, I like it better than Google Reader.

Ambiguous punctuation leads to loss of attorney’s fees (or is it attorneys’ fees?)

Last week, a Florida appellate court reversed an award of attorney’s fees awarded following an offer of judgment because “ambiguities in the offer prevent its enforceability.” The cause of the ambiguity: misplaced apostrophes:

The offer was apostrophe-challenged, creating ambiguities as to whether the drafter intended references to singular or plural defendants or plaintiffs. The offer, entitled “Defendant’s Joint Proposal for Settlement,” also appears to have been adopted from a form without sufficient editing; it requires “Plaintiff’(s)” to “execute a stipulation,” and “Plaintiff(s)” to “execute a general release of “Defendant(s).”

Bradshaw v. Boynton-JCP Assocs., Ltd., No. 4D11-4242 (Fla. App. 4th Dist. Apr. 10, 2013). (Hat tip to Law 360.)

This case reminds me of a recurring question: Is it “attorney’s fees” or “attorneys’ fees”? Garner’s Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage says that either is okay. The former is prevalent, but the latter may be preferable when more than one attorney is referred to.


p.s. (23 Apr. 2013): To read Garner’s take on “attorney’s fees” v. “attorneys’ fees,” click here.

My first Scribes board meeting

I just returned from my first meeting as a member of the Scribes board of directors. I knew that these were my kind of people, but I had no idea how much so until I read the minutes from last year’s meeting, which included this item:

Approval of minutes: Mark moved and Beth seconded the motion to approve the minutes with a corrected comma on page 3. The motion passed....

On a related note: If you are reading this blog, then you would probably enjoy being a member of Scribes. So if you are not already a member, please consider signing up.