The mistake: One misplaced comma in a contract allowed a company to save about $2 million. Rogers Communications Inc., a Canadian company, thought it wrote and signed a five-year contract with Aliant Inc. to put up cable lines. But Aliant canceled the deal, referring to a line in the document with an extra comma. The contract states that the agreement "shall continue in force for a period of five years from the date it is made, and thereafter for successive five year terms, unless and until terminated by one year prior notice in writing by either party." Aliant claimed the second comma allowed them to pull out of the contract before the five years was up and refuse payment.
The damage: $2.13 million
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