- December 22, 2010
- Posted by: Seth Heyman
- Categories: Contract Law, Featured
The term “boilerplate” originated in the early 1900s, referring to the thick, tough steel sheets used to build steam boilers. Articles and advertisements were typically cast in steel and distributed to local newspapers throughout the country, ready for the printing press, and they became known as “boilerplates”. The term has since been adopted by lawyers to describe provisions of a contract that protect a business in the event of a lawsuit, and are usually inserted as standard practice.