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baw i ler playt

  • n  standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories
  • n  thick plate iron used in the production of boilers

  • Obama gave a boilerplate speech, thanking the troops and reminding everyone that important work remained to be done in Iraq.
  • In an e-mailed version of his column, sent to 100 friends and associates, he made it clear the material at hand was much-circulated boilerplate.
  • Previous Presidents have sporadically issued signing statements, but seldom and mainly as boilerplate or spin.
News & Articles

  • New Markey ad lets Obama do the talking
    Senate Democratic nominee Edward J. Markey’s new campaign advertisement is less about Markey himself than it is about President Obama, a televised distillation of the heavy infrastructural advantage Markey enjoys over Republican nominee Gabriel E. Gomez. In fact, Markey’s only speaking role in the 30-second spot, which is entitled “Folks” and begins airing today, is to deliver the boilerplate ...
    June 14, 2013 - Boston Globe
  • Sean Lee contract: Cowboys will likely explore extension with LB
    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has a year left on his current deal, and team executive vice president Stephen Jones said the organization will likely begin looking for ways to extend his contract, according to a report from Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News on Thursday. Jones gave a pretty boilerplate teaser for future contract negotiations in the report : "Historically, we look at guys ...
    June 14, 2013 - SB Nation

  • John Yoo in Seattle Times
    Far from inventing some novel interpretation of the Constitution,Yoo wrote, "our legal advice to the President, in fact, was near boilerplate."
  • Henry Paulson in PopMatters
    Home buyers "get writer's cramp from initialing pages and pages of unintelligible and mostly unread boilerplate that appears to be designed to insulate the [mortgage] originator or lender from liability rather than to provide useful information to...
  • Jonathan Zittrain in Washington Post
    Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University, said this clause was a "piece of boilerplate that is passed around the corporate lawyers like a Christmas fruitcake. The idea that they would ever invoke it and...

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