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In Contracts, What a Difference a Word Makes

Contract with penLack of precision in reinsurance contract wording has been known to engender anomalous results, points out .

“Often a single word or phrase can cause a court or arbitrator to construe an agreement in ways unintended. In reinsurance arbitrations, when the panel majority decides how a contract operates based on its construction of a word or phrase, the losing party is likely stuck with that result even if a court might have construed the contract differently,” he writes.

He describes a recent case that illustrates his point that legalese and unnecessary words can cause a trier of fact to interpret a clause in a way that is unexpected.

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