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Sturm College of Law


Legal writing, Plain language


In an effort to provide investors with full and fair disclosures in language they can understand, the SEC has proposed rules to require that disclosures be written in Plain English.' These rules outline six "clear writing techniques": (1) active voice; (2) short sentences; (3) definite, concrete, everyday language; (4) tabular presentations; (5) no jargon; and (6) no multiple negatives. The January and March 1998 Scrivener article addressed the first two techniques; this article addresses the third.

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