Over at Legal Profession Blog, Jeff Lipshaw has a nifty post entitled The Apple GC, Speech Acts, and the Backdated Options. Here's a taste:
There is a fascinating linguistic issue at work in the civil complaint just filed by the SEC against Nancy Heinen and Fred Anderson, the former general counsel and chief financial officer, respectively, of Apple, Inc. arising out of allegedly backdated options, which is a hot news story today. I'm going to assume the allegations to be true for purposes of some observations as to what I would call standard practice, but not necessarily of legal liability.
Lot's of interesting stuff in the rest of post, including nice use of the illocutionary/perlocutionary distinctionf rom speech act theory.