Are email signatures legally meaningful?
November 27, 2007 11:39 AM Subscribe
Do automated email sigs mean anything in court?
posted by merlinmann to Law & Government (25 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
It's common for law firms, medical professionals, investment companies, and other organizations to automatically attach an email signature for all their employees' outgoing messages. These signatures frequently include onerous warnings and disclaimers that sound very official and imply all kinds of legal standing. But, what's the real deal?
Have there been many tests of what an automated signature does to alter the legal status of an email's contents in the eyes of the law? In particular, can you oblige "confidentiality" from the recipient of an unsolicited message — one in which (as Judge Wapner used to say) there has been no "meeting of the minds?"