So why are the disclaimers there? Company lawyers often insist on them because they see others using them. As with Latin vocabulary and judges’ robes, once something has become a legal habit it has a tendency to stick. Might they at least remind people to behave sensibly? Michael Overly, a lawyer for Foley & Lardner in Los Angeles, thinks not: the proliferation of predictable yada-yada at the bottom of messages means that people have long since stopped paying any attention to it.
via The Economist – Legal disclaimers: Spare us the e-mail yada-yada. I despise legal disclaimers in email with a passion for the shear useless of them and waste of time and energy required in even seeing them.