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Saturday, August 07, 2004

Monday morning, TPAs and the legal effect of cursory mentions of chocolate

Monday, August 9 Update

Jamie came through on his promise, and chocolate was indeed a part of the meeting on Monday morning in the form of various elegantly wrapped chocolate covered things.


The Joint Task Force on Model Trading Partner Protocols is finishing up its 2004 revision of the 1990 Model Trading Partner Agreement this Monday, August 9th, at the ABA Annual Meeting, in the Gwinnett Room on the second floor of the Atlanta Hilton at the precarious hour of 8 AM.
This accounts for the appearance at this morning's Cyberspace Committee meeting of fluorescent pink bulletins reading as follows:


TRADING PARTNERS
THE U.C.C.
THE LAW OF CYBERSPACE
WORLD PEACE THROUGH E-COMMERCE
CHOCOLATE

THE FINAL CHAPTER
Gwinnett Room, 2nd Floor
8 AM MONDAY


The original 1990 work was a seminal model agreement, accompanied by a study of then-emerging electronic contracting methods, that have formed the foundation for many later statues, rules and commercial practices including UETA and the e-Sign Act. We are finishing up the 2004 update just in time to commemorate the honoring of the original MTPA authors as this year's recipients of the Cyberspace Excellence Award.

Join us on Monday and find out whether an unamplified reference to "chocolate" in a unilateral instrument is (a) an offer susceptible of enforceable acceptance; (b) merely a moral commitment; or (c) just a reprehensible ploy to get you into the meeting room.