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"Plain Meaning" In The Federal Circuit


In his recent article in the Public Contract Law Journal (, C&M partner Stanfield Johnson charts the shift in the Federal Circuit's jurisprudence in deciding government contract interpretation issues. Moving away from the general law of contracts as found in the Restatement, the Federal Circuit judges have cut off recourse to extrinsic evidence of the parties' intent by focusing only on the "plain meaning" of the contract terms as they understand them.

For more information, please contact the professional(s) listed below, or your regular Crowell & Moring contact.

W. Stanfield Johnson
Senior Counsel – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2520

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