Ejusdem generis: It is known by the company it keeps

Ejusdem generis: It is known by the company it keeps

New York Law Journal

United States Publication October 21, 2021

Despite its ancient origins, recent Commercial Division decisions illustrate how the flexible canon of ejusdem generis continues to shape the interpretation of modern contracts, as well as statutes, frequently serving as a limiting principle on a litigant’s expansive interpretation of a contract’s or statute’s catchall phrase. Thomas J. Hall and Judith A. Archer explore the term in this edition of their Commercial Division Update.

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