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Email meant for client; wrong recipient

Has that ever happened to you? I just emailed the WRONG pers diligentsolo06/10/17
I was on the receiving end of this just last week when outsi hairypalms06/10/17
Just follow-up the email with an email asking them to delete thirdtierlaw06/10/17
This. I've done this before and I've sent an email and t isthisit06/10/17
That is what I did. Yeah. diligentsolo06/10/17
Haha, that's nothing. We once got an internal litigation st therewillbeblood06/10/17
Well, what did you do? How long did it take you to realize sjlawyer06/10/17
Either they caught it right away or we responded back right therewillbeblood06/10/17
Why do attorneys so often misspell "counsel"? Auto correct? ruralattorney06/10/17
No, that was me I think. I spent most of yesterday drafting therewillbeblood06/10/17
I once attempted to send an email critical of a client to a themapmaster06/11/17
diligentsolo (Jun 10, 2017 - 1:16 am)

Has that ever happened to you? I just emailed the WRONG person that was not my client. Thankfully it was a short, relatively non-substantive email. Very frustrating.

Also, no I do not have one of those fancy footers at the bottom of my emails telling you to delete it if you are not the intended recipient because I thought they had no real value - thoughts?

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hairypalms (Jun 10, 2017 - 8:26 am)

I was on the receiving end of this just last week when outside counsel for a large company who I have been dealing with on one matter inadvertently e-mailed me on another matter where my company is not involved. People need to be careful when populating the recipient list in Outlook.

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thirdtierlaw (Jun 10, 2017 - 9:56 am)

Just follow-up the email with an email asking them to delete the first. It is all you can do.

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isthisit (Jun 10, 2017 - 10:39 am)

This.

I've done this before and I've sent an email and then followed up via telephone to confirm deletion and thank them for cooperating.

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diligentsolo (Jun 10, 2017 - 10:39 am)

That is what I did. Yeah.

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therewillbeblood (Jun 10, 2017 - 10:06 am)

Haha, that's nothing. We once got an internal litigation strategy email from opposing council on a case worth tens of millions. It was hilarious.

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sjlawyer (Jun 10, 2017 - 10:48 am)

Well, what did you do? How long did it take you to realize what it was?

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therewillbeblood (Jun 10, 2017 - 12:09 pm)

Either they caught it right away or we responded back right away, I forget. While there was nothing super critical in it on their end I think it may have led them to not making a settlement offer, and the case went to trial where they did not do so well.

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ruralattorney (Jun 10, 2017 - 11:00 am)

Why do attorneys so often misspell "counsel"? Auto correct?

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therewillbeblood (Jun 10, 2017 - 12:08 pm)

No, that was me I think. I spent most of yesterday drafting something involving a Council, think my brain was hooked on that spelling.

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themapmaster (Jun 11, 2017 - 12:33 am)

I once attempted to send an email critical of a client to a secreetary. Unfortunately I accidentally sent the email to the client instead, and realized my mistake a split second too late. Needless to say the client wasn't happy about it. Thereafter, I set up a one minute delay on my outgoing email. That delay has benefited me more times than I could count.

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