Law: Waging War on Legalese

Simplespeak is not so simple

We will cut down on Government regulations," Jimmy Carter assured his fireside-chat audience last winter, "and we will make sure that those that are written are in plain English for a change." The spark ignited by the President has been slow to take hold. The U.S., after all, is a land flowing with torts and breaches, and much in thrall to the legal profession. But the forces of hereinafter, res ipsa loquitur and-party of the first part are now clearly on the defensive.

Guerrilla warfare against legalese is busting out all over. For example, the Federal Trade Commission...

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