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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."

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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 parasails.

"'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 [1998], 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 you!'

"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 Tarrytown, N.Y., in a room decorated with carved stone balconies and murals of knights on white horses.

"'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.'"

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[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 8:

"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."

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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 minds.'"

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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."

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99/10/02: "Court 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."

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99/12/01: "New Legal Land Mines: Framing and Linking," 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 a fee."

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99/12/15: "Freelance Contracts: Look Beyond Acquisition Rights," Folio: The Magazine for Magazine Management, at 10:

"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."

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