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Much Ado About Nothing: Achieving "Essential" Negotiability In An Electronic Environment, David Frisch Jan 1995

Much Ado About Nothing: Achieving "Essential" Negotiability In An Electronic Environment, David Frisch

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The approach adopted here is both historical and analytical. Part II of this Article describes the historical development of assignment law, and demonstrates that it parallels a more general shift of the law away from physical conceptions of property. It concludes that although a paper-based document may still be a practical requirement, there is no longer a valid theoretical justification for not making the law of negotiable instruments media neutral. In Part III we survey the features of negotiable instrument law and compare it generally with the law of assignments. This comparison suggests that the most striking substantive difference between …