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Legal Disclaimers At The Bottom Of Emails

Updated on January 30, 2009

I don't know about you but I started only "skimming" emails a while back. When emailing first started I don't think it was intended to be a way of communicating an entire life's worth of activities however, in this day and age when people really don't want to communicate with one another but want to give the appearance of being "in touch" they tend to write emails that make War and Peace look like a short story. And as if these missives aren't long enough, now everyone is playing the CYA game (Cover Your Ass) by adding a lengthy legal disclaimer at the end of their email. Legal disclaimers at the bottom of emails - Don't Get Me Started!

First let me say that I understand we're in a litigious society and that everyone needs to be worried about someone taking an email and going straight to Judge Judy with it but come on people, I get it when a lawyer sends me an email with one of these disclaimers but my cousin? True, there are plenty of families who have sued one another but come on kids, if you're just telling me about your kid's soccer game, I hardly think there's anything in there that would make me want to create a lawsuit about it.

And what about all the people who send the lengthiest emails in the world, add the legal disclaimer and then have the nerve to add the "Go green - please consider the environment before printing this email" line? What the hell is up with that and don't they know that in most cases by adding that one line they made the email go just enough over that if I should print it, it has a second page and the only thing on it is their message about going green? (I think I hear some trees crying somewhere)

Look, I'm as conscious as I can be of the environment, people's feelings and what I put into emails. You have to be if you're any sort of a human being, right? But I just wonder if all the people who troll the Internet are putting these legal and "green" disclaimers on their emails that they send to "hook up" with people or perhaps the emails that contain photos of their ass or other anatomy? True, most likely unless you have a great printer the photos won't come out all that great (don't ask how I know) but still, it does give one pause, does it not? I mean, I want to know the person that I'm going to meet behind the 7/11 has the decency to not print my email to assist the environment. I mean, I'll give you a blow job by a dumpster when I don't even know you but for God sakes, let's keep the environment healthy by not printing the six emails that got us to the side of the dumpster, shall we?

The thing is that I don't care what you put at the bottom of your email, if someone really wants to sue you, they will. If someone wants to forward an email to someone else, they will as it only takes a click of a button. So what you're accomplishing by putting this legal disclaimer at the bottom of your emails in my opinion is similar to the kids who used to threaten to tell the teacher, their parents or someone else when you would get in a disagreement with them on the playground. True, the playground is now cyberspace but the bullies and the cry babies are the same as they were when I was eight.

Still, I'd much rather have to skip over a "green" or legal message at the bottom of my email than have to forward an email in the next ten minutes or risk having seven years of bad luck and more hair fall out because I didn't forward a poem about a kid going to a store to try and buy his dying mother a pair of shoes at Christmas. (And don't get me started on that farchacta song!) So go ahead, put whatever you want at the bottom of your email, I'll just ignore it - like I ignore you and then tell you, "Wow, I don't know what happened, maybe your email got lost in the junk mail folder or didn't get through." Legal disclaimers at the bottom of emails - Don't Get Me Started!

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      somelikeitscott 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Ryan, Thank you for your sound legal advice! Scott

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      Ryan Russman 8 years ago from Exeter, NH

      Hah. As an attorney, this is particularly humorous. You are right about the lawsuit happy society in which we live. Bottom line: if you are afraid something you put in an email will be a) misconstrued or b) used against you, maybe you shouldn't be emailing the message in the first place. Pick up the telephone.

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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      I know Iz, what does it say about my friends and relatives, right?!?

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      Isabella Snow 9 years ago

      Wow -- you get these from friends or relatives??? I haven't had that happen yet but I would really laugh my butt off, if I did. That's just ridiculous! And the green ones I've not even heard of before now!