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After Lengthy Confab, Manatt Offers ‘Warm Wishes,’ with Disclaimer, on Holiday E-Card

Posted Dec 6, 2010 7:36 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Screen shot of card opener.

Choosing a law firm holiday card might seem like a simple matter ... but when attorneys are concerned the nuances of even seemingly straightforward terms tend to be carefully considered.

Hence, at an apparent partner meeting featured on its animated holiday e-card, Manatt Phelps & Phillips lawyers debate at length such issues as whether "happy holidays" is an appropriate message.

"What if their holidays aren't happy?" points out one attorney. "Could we be liable?"

After a considerable confab, the team agrees on a "warm wishes" e-card message ... with a lengthy disclaimer. Among other provisions, it includes a statement that "the sender reserves the right to deny the sender ever wished the recipient wishes, whether warm, cold or any temperature whatsoever."

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