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Character error 

Arthur says "I am Shiva, The God of Death". Yama is the Hindu God of Death. Shiva is the destroyer or transformer.
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Continuity 

When Michael Clayton spots Arthur Edens in the back alley, Arthur is carrying a bag of bread. In the beginning of the conversation, one loaf in the middle is missing its top, which apparently may have been eaten. In the following shots, the loaf is full.
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When Clayton is in Arthur's loft and he picks up the red book from the coffee table, a folded slip of paper is sticking out from the bottom. A moment later, as he's flipping through the book, he almost doesn't see the paper because it's all the way inside.
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When Michael and Marty are talking in Marty's home, the glass doors on the bookcase behind Marty change positions several times, probably to avoid reflecting the camera and crew in the glass.
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When Clayton first gets the booklet from the print shop, it has a black plastic binding. Later, the binding changes to wire.
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At the end, when Michael hails a yellow cab, a silver SUV is directly behind it. In the next shot, inside the cab, another yellow cab is behind it.
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After Karen and Michael's final encounter, Karen looks off in Michael's direction as he walks away from her. In the next shot, she's looking straight ahead, 90 degrees to the right of her initial stance.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Michael Clayton asks Marty for a loan, a crew member is reflected of a wooden door over Michael's left shoulder, moving back and forth. The actors are standing completely still.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Michael started with the firm in 1990, and has been there for 17 years. While speaking to Marty, he reflects on his state in life, and claims to be 45 years old. He was born in 1959, so he should be 47 or 48. He may be lying about his age.
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Revealing mistakes 

Early in the film, during a drive in Manhattan, a tree is in vivid bloom, which occurs in Spring. The rest of the film takes place around Christmas, with lit trees and decorations. In the rural New York scenes, the grass is dead and and actors' breath is clearly visible.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Karen brings Memorandum 229 to Marty Bach, it is signed "Don Jeffries." In every other shot, it is signed "Donald Jeffries"
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When Karen Crowder authorizes Mr. Verne to take action against Clayton, her left coat collar is turned up in over-the-shoulder shots, and lying down in frontal shots.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The cop tells Michael Clayton about Arthur's death, "There were pills all over the place." The bathroom was flooded, presumably from the sink where the pills would have been taken. Whether they were scattered on the floor or, as the murder scene suggested, shaken into the sink, the water would have dissolved any pills in the time it would have taken to flood the downstairs. The scene included a lot of capsules, so there's a very good chance that they didn't fully dissolve.
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Plot holes 

After the bomb explodes and Clayton's car is burning, he throws his wallet, watch, and personal effects into the burning car, apparently to make it look like that he was killed in the fire. Any investigator would quickly notice a lack of human remains.
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Revealing mistakes 

One hit man tells the other, who's about to give Arthur a lethal injection, "You better hit it." The syringe clearly moves as he's pushing down, meaning he didn't hit it at all.
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