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Interpreting the Contract Against the Drafter
Many people entering into contracts place undue reliance upon the rule that “a contract is interpreted against the drafter” of that contract. This article reviews the limits to that rule, and why contracting parties should avoid relying upon that interpretive principle.
The general legal principle governing this concept is relatively easy to state. Under Michigan law, a contract term or clause is ambiguous when it is facially inconsistent or its language can be reasonably interpreted in two or more ways. This is the general standard frequently cited by Michigan courts.