01/14/2011 11:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Why Do Emails Contain Legal Warnings?

These days, even the most innocuous messages--"Sure, squash at 6 sounds great"--sent from corporate email accounts are larded with dense legalese that is as universally unread as the health advisories on beer bottles. But the ominous warnings that you must obliterate, incinerate, and forget any email not intended for you don't actually mean anything, according to legal experts.

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