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August 09, 2006



This is a perfect example of why the lives of associates in big law firms are so miserable.


A much finer point on things! Even the Globe & Mail could use a few pointers from you, Genevieve.


Both commas are gramatically incorrect. The sentence contains a parallel series of only two items: "for a period of five years from the date it is made" and "for successive five year terms." No comma should separate them.

The phrase "unless and until terminated by one year prior notice in writing by either party" should be completely removed to a different sentence that is devoted to clearly stating the conditions under which termination can occur.

As it was written, the double set of commas has essentially the same effect as parenthesis. Consider the meaning of this:

"(The agreement) shall continue in force for a period of five years from the date it is made (and thereafter for successive five year terms) unless and until terminated by one year prior notice in writing by either party.”

So I believe I'm in agreement with the judge. :D

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