'Comma Case' Takeaways That Go Beyond Grammar

Law360, New York (March 29, 2017, 11:10 AM EDT) -- A Maine dairy company has received a potentially expensive grammar lesson from the First Circuit, which held on March 13, 2017, that the company’s delivery drivers may be eligible for up to $10 million in overtime pay, because the lack of a comma in the statute regarding exemptions from the state’s wage and hour law rendered the scope of the exemption ambiguous.

Grammarians have long disputed whether writers should include a comma before the final item in a list — the so-called “serial” or “Oxford” comma....
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