Tag Archives: Plain

Data Driven Contract Interpretation: Discovering “Plain Meaning” Through Quantitative Methods

Stephen C. Mouritsen, Contract Interpretation with Corpus Linguistics (Nov. 4, 2017), available at SSRN. Omri Ben-Shahar Interpretation of contractual text may be the most important task courts perform in contract disputes. It is also the least predictable. Courts fall back … Continue reading

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Oh, What a Difference Plain English Makes!

Any document you draft—from an email to a settlement agreement—should be written in plain, understandable language. But many attorneys still fall into the trap of using stilted, legalistic language, particularly in contracts and other transactional documents. Compare the following purchase agreement … Continue reading

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For the third time, justices take on union-fee issue: In Plain English

Like many employees, Mark Janus was upset about deductions from his paycheck – specifically, the roughly $45 per month that goes to the local branch of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the union that represents him. … Continue reading

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Plain English: Recent grants

October was a busy month at the Court for merits cases: it heard twelve oral arguments during its October sitting, and then kicked off its November sitting with two more arguments on October 31, the first day of that sitting. … Continue reading

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#SXSW Panel-Viacom v. Google Digital Copyright Debate: Plain Eng. Breakdown of Legal Briefs

With our SXSW panel coming up (Reconciling YouTube and Grokster: Business Models for Web 3.0), we are gearing up with content that sets the stage for the discussion and provides a plain English vector into the issues that face online … Continue reading

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