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Old 02-08-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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Best disclaimer ever

I saw this at The Big Picture (Best Disclaimer Language Ever | The Big Picture) and had to pass it along.

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I like a legal department that has a sense of humor. This is the standard disclaimer that Contango Oil & Gas Company (MCF) includes with their quarterly earnings reports:

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The future is unknowable. We have good intentions but all of our projections and estimates will be wrong, and could be materially wrong. Wildcat exploration is expensive, speculative and potentially dangerous. An offshore spill or explosion would be enormously expensive. We have insurance but it may not be enough. You could lose your entire investment. Don’t be lazy – read our 10-Q’s, 10-K’s and press releases, and if you lose money – please no tears.

“Don’t forget about risk-free T-bills in your portfolio…After inflation and taxes you’ll likely only lose 5-10% of your investment.”

- Contango V.P. Investor Relations
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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I have a lawyer friend of mine who uses this one....

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:20 AM   #3
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Hysterical. I am amazed that this made it through their legal department, but then again this is a wildcat exploration shop.
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I love both of them. I am tempted to steal the second one.
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verb (used without object), -lat·ed, -lat·ing. Slang .

To flee; abscond: The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.
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Frankly the oil exploration legal department wins my accolades. It is smart and on point.
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Your honor, the disclaimer was obviously meant to be humorous, and can't therefore be taken seriously. That's why my lawsuit for 5 million dollars cannot be dismissed.
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I love both of them. I am tempted to steal the second one.
+1. Enjoyed them both
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Your honor, the disclaimer was obviously meant to be humorous, and can't therefore be taken seriously. That's why my lawsuit for 5 million dollars cannot be dismissed.
Summary judgement in favor of the defendant.
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I love both of them. I am tempted to steal the second one.
Go ahead.. when I said the same thing to my friend, he said "Go ahead, I stole it from someone else too."
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