Disclaimer and Policies

Preamble to the Disclaimer

First of all, I would like to thank you for reading Lowering the Bar, and now for clicking on the link to read the disclaimer.  So few people actually read disclaimers these days.  Truly, you are the unsung heroes of our nation.

(This is not yet the disclaimer itself but rather more of an introductory note and thank-you message. The actual disclaimer will begin shortly.)

I suppose that the preceding sentence, while not technically the Lowering the Bar disclaimer, is something that limits the scope of that disclaimer and so could be considered a disclaimer disclaimer. So, to that extent, it was a disclaimer although not the disclaimer. The same is true for this paragraph, so, as you can see, this kind of ridiculous introductory banter could go on for pages were I not every bit as fed up with it as you are, and equally eager to move on to the actual legally binding disclaimer itself.  So, the next thing you read will be that.

The Actual and Legally Binding Disclaimer
(not this heading itself but the text below)

This Site Does Not Give Legal Advice: This website and blog is intended for entertainment purposes only and should not be relied on for legal advice. It is not impossible that you might learn something useful here and that the thing you learn might be related to the law. But that would be pure coincidence, and free, and so not “advice” on which you should rely.

As far as accuracy goes, every story on Lowering the Bar (this is still part of the disclaimer, just a new paragraph of it) has at least one source that I consider to be reputable. WARNING: I consider Wikipedia to be “reputable,” depending on the circumstances. What this means, really, is that I don’t make stories up— everything here is at least based on a true story. There are sometimes embellishments or additions for comedy purposes—I assume you can tell the difference, and for those who can’t, here is a link to various funny cat pictures for you to peruse.

Having said that, I make no representations, warranties, or any other kinds of binding legal promises that any of the facts or legal theories presented here are in fact true or valid. In fact, many of the stories here at least involve facts or legal theories that couldn’t possibly be true or valid, and yet somebody somewhere thought they might be. Don’t make the same mistake they did.

Also, stories posted here may involve numerous U.S. states, territories, commonwealths, districts of Columbia, and/or foreign jurisdictions in which I am not licensed to practice law and in which I do not get paid to research. Believe it or not, I am licensed in California and Missouri and am admitted to the bar of a fair number of federal courts, and I do get paid to give a lot of legal advice. But this isn’t that.

(the disclaimer as such has now ended)

Errors or Material Omissions: if you see any of these in a story here, please tell me. I will fix it if I made an important mistake (it could happen), although again all the actual facts here are drawn from sources that are already public and that I consider pretty reliable. I won’t necessarily change or delete something that is true just because you ask me to do that. But I might.

Submissions:  please feel free to email tips, leads, links, suggestions, paternity claims, etc. I get a lot of great tips this way and appreciate it. If you want credit for a submission, let me know – for some reason, possibly a desire to keep their jobs, many people do not want to be identified and so I will not identify a submitter unless he or she asks. Then, I will.

Comments policy:  I haven’t enabled the comments feature. I like my job too much. I have in the past quoted people who emailed me with really good or interesting or comical or just flat-out insane things to say about a story. Like the professor who thought I had not been fair to the Taiwanese legislator who was so strongly opposed to a bill coming up for a vote that she ate it. She ate the paper copy of the bill so that they could not vote on it. He described this to me as a “simple” and “brilliant” legislative strategy. I included that comment in a followup post out of respect for his knowledge of the politics and legislative process in Taiwan, although I did not change my personal evaluation of the bill-eating strategy. So email me if you have something you want to add and I very well may quote you. But no standard comments. I may add moderated comments in the future.

Email-responding policy: I try but can’t always. NOTE: the chances of me even reading an email are greatly reduced if it (1) has no subject line at all; (2) the subject or sender include the words “viagra,” “cialis,” “penis,” or any other French words; or (3) the sender’s name has a middle initial displayed, which seems to be a spam indicator, especially if the name is something like “Euphonius Q. Supertramp” (the name on one email I actually received).

If your real name actually is “Euphonius Q. Supertramp,” or anything like it, I apologize for not writing you back but suggest that you make up a normal-sounding fake name for purposes of writing me.  Also that you use that name for all other purposes too for the rest of your life.

Linking policy:  I probably will.

Bestiality policy: I certainly will not.

Privacy policy: I don’t know or seek to know anything about readers except what they might want to share with me. The two exceptions would be for email data provided when subscribing to the newsletter, and traffic data collected by Google Analytics. Google, at least, does use cookies to determine, for example, if you are a first-timer or a repeat visitor. But to the best of my knowledge, this is not collecting any data that would identify you personally. If it would be possible to do that with these cookies, I wouldn’t do it. More details here.

Job preservation policy: This blog and everything on or about it or affiliated with it that I have created is the sole property and responsibility of me, “me” meaning M. Kevin Underhill, California state bar number 208211. It should not be blamed on or attributed to my employer, Shook, Hardy and Bacon LLP, or to any attorney or employee of that firm (except for me).

Licensing/copyright policy: Feel free to copy and distribute any posts on this site, subject to the terms of the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. The “no derivatives” thing should not be interpreted to prevent you from editing a post or image of the site for educational (yes, people do that) or other noncommercial purposes, like to fit something into a PowerPoint slide.

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