A Canadian farmer in the province of Saskatchewan is liable to pay thousands for undelivered flax thanks to a "thumbs-up" emoji he apparently didn't realize had legal impact—and he isn't the first person to experience such repercussions in North America.
On June 8, a judge presiding over the case South West Terminal Ltd. v Achter Land & Cattle in the court of King's Bench for Saskatchewan ruled that a buyer who sent a contract to a seller and received a thumbs up emoji over text in response is right to think that the emoji was as legally binding as a signature.
For contract attorneys, the Canadian case was interesting, but not all that surprising. They told Legaltech News that lawsuits over the meaning of an emoji in a legal context have ramped up in recent years, with tens of such cases each year in the U.S. alone.
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