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Unraveling Plain Meaning, Extrinsic Evidence And the Doctrine of Contra Proferentem

As anyone involved with insurance coverage litigation knows, "contra proferentem" is a rule of contract interpretation that requires an ambiguous contract term to be construed against the drafter of the contract. That the doctrine is also called the "contra insurer" rule speaks to the fact that, when interpreting insurance policies, courts sometimes forget that general rules of contract construction still apply.

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds Local Sign Law Unconstitutional

In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the town's regulation of directional signs was not content-neutral and violated the free speech rights of a local church.This decision has potentially significant ramifications for municipal regulations throughout the country.

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