sous toutes les réserves

02:12 Mar 13, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Law (general)
French term or phrase: sous toutes les réserves
Is it correct to translate it to: Under all reservations? in a subpoena.
Besma Chenitti

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4all rights and remedies reserved
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We've had this many times before.

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all rights and remedies reserved

I am posting this not to fight for points, but because may of the previous KudoZ entries suggesting "without prejudice" are wrong.

"Without prejudice"as a heading or as words on their own at the start of a letter denotes that what follows (a) cannot be used as evidence in a court case, (b) cannot be taken as the signatory's last word on the subject matter, and (c) cannot be used as a precedent. Contents of such documents normally cannot be disclosed to the courts but, when a party proposes to settle a dispute out-of-court, it is the genuineness of the effort that determines whether the proposal can disclosed or not, and not whether the words without prejudice were used.

However "without prejudice" at the end of a legal pleading (do you really mean subpoena asker?) would not make sense, nor have I ever seen it used.

"All rights and remdies reserved" however, at the end of a court pleading, would fit with (b) above but not (a).

The term is also extensively used in contract clauses,, see:

Reservation of Rights and Remedies Sample Clauses - Law Insider › Clauses

Reservation of Rights and Remedies. Except as otherwise expressly provided for in the Forbearance Agreement as amended by this Amendment, the Agent on behalf of the Lenders expressly reserves any and all rights and remedies available under the Forbearance Agreement, as amended hereby, the Revolving Credit ...

Note added at 1 day 20 hrs (2018-03-14 22:55:34 GMT)

Note: The French term is used extensively at the end of pleadings (defences etc)

Note added at 2 days 8 hrs (2018-03-15 10:57:23 GMT)

But (at least where I live) it's never written on the end of a legeal pleading

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4 hrs peer agreement (net): +2
Reference: We've had this many times before.

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You forgot to give the context, but it usually means without prejudice.

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agree  Katarina Peters: yes - without prejudice
5 hrs
agree  AllegroTrans: often, but by no means always; it can mean "all rights and remedies reserved" and probably does in this case// emm, no, the 2 expressions are not synonymous
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  -> Thanks! That's another way of saying it, albeit longer.
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