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99/02/09: Athol Daily News:
"TO BE WED -- The engagement of Catherine J. Ellis, of [New York], N.Y., daughter
of Jane and William Ellis Jr. of 1394 Main St., to Lawrence E. Savell, son of Nancy Savell
of Woodbridge, N.J., has been announced. Ms. Ellis is managing director, travel services,
for the firm, Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. A 1977 graduate of Athol High School she
subsequently graduated from Boyd Travel School in Pittsburgh, Pa and is now pursuing a
degree in International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. Savell is counsel in the
New York office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP. He is also a free-lance magazine writer and
columnist, as well as a songwriter and musician. A Feb.14 wedding is planned."
99/02/21: "Vows: Catherine Ellis and Lawrence Savell," The New York Times,
Sunday Styles Section, at 8 (http://www.nytimes.com/library/style/022199vows.html):
"Even during the most mundane moments, Catherine Jane Ellis fills her life with
romance. Friends describe her as ethereal and independent, the sort of person who eats
candlelight dinners with Champagne and fine china, even if it's midweek and she's alone
with her Chinese takeout.
"As a single woman, she often bought herself flowers and on Saturday nights sat
alone in elegant restaurants without embarrassment. 'Being alone and lonely are two
completely different things,' said Ms. Ellis, 39, who manages travel services at Bear,
Stearns & Company, the New York investment bank.
"Her blue and yellow duplex apartment, which she describes as 'a Martha's Vineyard
cottage in Manhattan,' is filled with lavender-scented candles and couches as soft and
therapeutic as mud baths.
"She's a homebody who loves flannel pajamas, but also rides motorcycles and
"'She manages a large department for Bear Stearns, and yet she's very real,' Jack
Mizrahi, a friend, said. 'Cathy has a little bit of hippie in her. She'll pull out a rock
album and say, "Check out this riff." '
"On Valentine's Day weekend , as she flew home from a ski trip in Colorado,
Ms. Ellis turned to the personal ads in New York magazine. There was one that she read
over and over. 'I was way up in the clouds, and I felt very dreamy, and it seemed like the
ad was written for me,' she said.
"It was placed by Lawrence Edward Savell, who described himself in the ad as an
athletic, creative, humorous man who had just made a '40th birthday resolution to end
pointless (albeit pleasant) dating to concentrate on the search for a life mate.'
"When Ms. Ellis returned home, she lighted lots of aromatherapy candles and
composed a letter of reply in the style of a fairy tale. It began, 'Once upon a time,
there lived in Manhattan a sweet and sexy (sometimes sassy) lady who was young in heart,
spirit and body, who loved life and lived it fully.' The letter ended: 'She realized that
if this wonderful man had the courage to place the ad just to meet her, then she had the
courage to answer him. He called her and they lived happily ever after. Can't wait to meet
"In many ways, Savell's life style was the opposite of hers. A counsel at the New
York law firm of Chadbourne & Parke, Savell lived in a dark and drab apartment he
described as 'early fraternity house.'
"'I had stickball bats, a small pool table, computers all over the place,' he
said. 'On one side of my bed was a treadmill, on the other was an exercise bike. My
clothes decorated the bike like Christmas ornaments.'
"When he received Ms. Ellis's letter (hers was the 121st response out of 160), he
liked it so much that he called her right away. Over the days that followed, they had long
telephone conversations. 'My experience had always been, if you have a nice conversation
before you meet, that's the kiss of death,' said Savell, who had already met several women
who answered the ad. 'So I said to Catherine, "I think this is going to be a
disaster."' Instead, by the end of their first date Ms. Ellis said she was silently
trying on his last name. And after that night he stopped opening responses to his ad.
"Last August, in a London hotel, he proposed as they sat with hot chocolate and
cookies in front of a fireplace in matching striped flannel pajamas.
"They were married on Valentine's Day at the Castle at Tarrytown in
N.Y., in a room decorated with carved stone balconies and murals of knights on white
"'In most fairy tales, it's the man who finds the woman,' the bridegroom said.
'This was a concerted mutual effort. Our fairy tale was two people, both on white horses,
who deliberately sought one another.'"
[NOTE: The Times has admitted in writing that it made reporting errors in this
story, and it ran a correction regarding some of its errors.]
99/02/28: "Correction," The New York Times, Sunday Styles Section, at
"Because of an editing error, a report in the Vows column on Feb. 21, about the
marriage of Catherine Jane Ellis and Lawrence Edward Savell, misstated the year of the
Colorado ski trip during which Ms. Ellis read Mr. Savell's personal advertisement. It was
1998, not 1997."
99/07/01: "Magazines' Guides to Products Are Challenged by
Manufacturers," Folio, at 15-17:
"'Although this is not the first case in which a
manufacturer sued a magazine claiming unfair disparagement, it may be unique
in that Mile Marker claimed the magazine gave an edge to Warn because it is
one of its major advertisers," says Lawrence Savell, a New York-based
attorney with Chadbourne & Parke, wh[o] specializes in media law.
"Regardless of how these cases turn out, he
says, 'they make an important point. To minimize the risk of being sued and
incurring potentially significant defense costs, magazines need to make sure
that when they design these tests, they are appropriately and defensibly
reasonable and reliable, and accurately reported.'
"Savell advises full disclosure of advertising
or other relevant economic interests: 'If there is even a perceived conflict
of interest, it is better to tell readers and let them make up their own
99/09/29: "Freelancers Claim Victory in Electronic Publishing Decision,"
Folio: First Day, at 4:
"Lawrence Savell, a media law defense attorney with Chadbourne & Parke
LLP in New York, was not quite convinced, however, that the decision is a watershed.
'For some publishers,' he agreed, 'the reversal may, in fact, have limited
impact.' He said, for example, that the ruling might force some publishers to pull freelance material from their databases
or to offer retroactive payment. But in many cases, he said, the statute of limitations has probably already run out.
"Meanwhile, he said, 'prudent publishers contemplating online publication have been protecting themselves by requiring that
freelancers enter into contracts granting the publishers the broadest rights possible, often described as a grant of
"all rights."' Savell also cautioned that other federal courts could reach a different
conclusion if presented with a similar case."
decision for free-lancers could leave gaps in archives,"
Editor & Publisher, October 2, 1999, at 5-6:
"'That kind of vehicle may make sense for some publishers,' said
Lawrence E. Savell, a media law defense attorney with Chadbourne & Parke
LLP in New York, but he plays down Tasini's dour warnings, citing that
litigation is still in its infancy."
99/12/01: "New Legal Land Mines: Framing and Linking," Folio:
The Magazine for Magazine Management, at 10:
Contracts: Look Beyond Acquisition Rights," Folio:
The Magazine for Magazine Management, at 10:
"You may be framing and linking on your Web site without any concern
and no consequences. That could change. 'Framing,' as defined by Lawrence
Savell, Counsel in the New York City law office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP,
occurs when Web site window opens up to somebody else's site. The concern, he
says, is that the person with the other site may claim you are invading their
copyright by making their content appear as if it's yours. 'The issue has not
been settled yet, but it's just a matter of time,' says Savell. 'Bear in mind,
if you are going to use multiple frames on your sites, taking information from
someone else's site, you could have a problem.' The other issue is free
linking, which is fairly common among Web sites now. 'You have to be careful
where you link,' he says. A case was settled recently between Microsoft and
Ticketron, where Microsoft linked several levels below the Ticketron home
page, passing a lot of advertising that Ticketron wanted people to see. 'You
can't assume that linking is completely free,' he says. 'There may be
limitations to your right to link to somebody else's site. Again, the courts
have not really focused on this yet, but they will soon.' One thing to
consider as a publisher, says Savell: If others want to link to your site, you
may want to put together an agreement imposing certain limitations or charging
"Acquisition of rights is only the beginning of what you should consider putting in your
contract with freelancers, says Lawrence Savell, counsel in the New York City office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Here are some ideas from Savell's non-exhaustive list of other provisions to consider- subject, of course, to the advice of your own in-house or outside counsel: (1) Subject and length: Protect yourself against finding out at deadline that the writer's understanding of the topic and the length differs from yours. (2) Deadline/format: When do you want it, and in what form? (3) Payment: Some contracts specify that payment of the agreed amount to the writer is premised on the editor's or publisher's final acceptance of the work. Delivery of an unacceptable manuscript should not automatically require payment. If you choose to provide a "kill fee," the terms (and limits) should be spelled out. (4) Reimbursement for expenses: Some contracts note that adequate documentation and receipts are required for reimbursement of expenses. Many set a maximum amount unless prior approval beyond that is specifically given. (5) Representations and warranties: You may want the writer to make certain formal representations and promises regarding such fundamental elements as that he or she is the sole author of the work. (6) Right to edit/modify: (7) Promotion: If needed, ask for the writer' s agreement to having the publisher or a third-party use the author' s name, biographical information, photograph or other likeness in connection with the advertisement, publicity and promotion of the work."