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Email Blunders Reminder

February 6, 2008
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Every now and then we are reminded of the dangers that the internet poses to lawyers. 

You may remember the story from the summer of 2003 about the Skadden summer associate who accidentally emailed the whole firm that he was “busy doing jack shit.” Embarassing, but in the end, a harmless error (my internet research uncovered that he ended up working at Skadden after graduation).

This week The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reported that an email meant for opposing counsel was mistakenly sent to a New York Times reporter, leaking sensitive information about a possible $1 billion settlement in the Zyprexia case.   Yikes.

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Here’s the reminder: check and double check who you are sending emails, too.  Also, be mindful of the BCC.  You never know who may be on the other end of that.  And remember that anything and everything you send could be forwarded.  Happy emailing.

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