Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Last Will Be First, The First Will Be Last, and This Supersedes Any Prior Agreement or Understanding

In some traditions, the law and religion are cut from the same cloth. Although few may agree with me when I say that law has become its own type of religion – in the all-is-religion view that similarly permits baseball, politics, and Star Trek to also serve as religion to their followers/adherents – the kinship of law and religion is most amusing when it rears its head in unlikely places.

This, from a model acquisition agreement in the back of Gilson & Black's The Law and Finance of Corporate Acquisitions:

XVII. Miscellaneous
. . .
B. The singular shall include the plural and the plural shall include the singular; any gender shall include all other genders—all as the meaning and context of this Agreement shall require.

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