Plain Meaning

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Trust Law’s Material Purpose Doctrine, the Traditional Protector of Settlor-Intent is Under Attack: The TEDRA Factor

In recent years, reformers of trust law have been hard at work defanging the plain meaning rule, primarily by liberalizing the doctrines of reformation and deviation. The rule is discussed generally in §8.15.6 of Loring and...more

On a Plain and Ordinary Meaning of “Embedded” Code in a Web Page

Augme Techs., Inc. v. Yahoo! Inc. - Addressing a district court’s construction of the claim term “embedded” code as code “written into the HTML code of the web page” and the related summary judgment of non-infringement...more

Court favors plain and ordinary meaning of policy terms when insured claims policy language is ambiguous

In Glassman, the plaintiff insured sued his disability insurer, Crown Life, claiming that while Crown Life had been paying his disability claim for well over two decades, it had failed to increase his benefits each year due...more

"Order on Confusion": District Court Orders Parties to Submit Jury Instructions "in Plain Language" or Waive Right to Jury Trial

In this patent infringement action between i-Tec Well Soultions, LLC ("i-Tec") and Peak Completion Technologies, Inc. ("Peak"), the district court issued an unusual order as the case approached trial....more

District Court Opines That The Words Used In An Insurance Policy Actually Mean What They Say

Many practitioners, both near and far, assert that a good number of our courts’ opinions, whether at the state or the federal level, are simply “result oriented” decisions where the court has decided what result it wants to...more

Courts Continue Literal Interpretation of Subpart F Rules on Income Inclusion

Consistent with prior judicial precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently applied a literal interpretation of the Subpart F inclusion rules based on the plain meaning of Sections 951 and 956....more

Guardian Elder Care at Brockway LLC v. WRC Highland View Healthcare: Absent Express Provision to the Contrary, a Buyer's Due...

On May 1, 2012, in a case argued by Saul Ewing attorney John F. Stoviak (with assistance from Braden A. Borger on the Brief), the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas (Jefferson County) held that reliance is not an essential...more

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