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Hold the Parentheticals, Please

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1 | Download PDF Version of Article
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Our writing guru Joseph Kimble offers tips for enlisting the dash and for avoiding legalese and silly, distracting parentheticals.

Original

According to the Plaintiff, Defendants Exxon Mobil Corporation (“Exxon”), Badger Oil Corporation (“Badger”), Denbury Onshore, LLC (“Denbury”), and Hilcorp Energy Company and Hilcorp Energy I, L.P. (“Hilcorp”), operated wells in the Lirette Oil & Gas Field (“the field”) pursuant to a 1933 oil, gas and mineral lease.

Revised

According to the plaintiff, the defendants Exxon Mobil Corporation, Badger Oil Corporation, Denbury Onshore, LLC, Hilcorp Energy Company, and Hilcorp Energy I, L.P. operated wells in the Lirette Oil & Gas Field under a 1933 oil, gas, and mineral lease.

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About Joseph Kimble

Joseph Kimble is an emeritus professor at WMU–Cooley Law School. He is senior editor of The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, the editor of the Plain Language column in the Michigan Bar Journal, and the author of three books and many articles on legal writing (not to mention a children’s book). He served as drafting consultant on the projects to restyle the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence. Follow him on Twitter @ProfJoeKimble.