Don’t Write Wrong: $10 Million Lawsuit Decided over Serial Comma
Good grammar – following the rules for commas, punctuation, and sentence structure – is considered by many to be essential for effective writing. But in the age of informal writing via texting, social media, and email, does grammar really matter for quality legal writing anymore?
Legally speaking, yes, it does.
In 2014, three Maine truck drivers sued their employer over more than four years of overtime pay that they had been denied. The case didn’t hinge on whether or not the employees actually put in the overtime but rather centered on the lack of an Oxford (serial) comma in the state law describing overtime rules.