GENERAL LEGAL PRINCIPLES; CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT/ INTERPRETATION – General Principles of Contract Interpretation
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1404.03000 – General Principles of Contract Interpretation
Follow contract principles and Civil code where interpretation of contract is ambiguous and contains multiple contingencies; p. 12. When the contract is clear and unambiguous on its face, Board does not need to go beyond plain language of the contract to ascertain meaning; p. 11, 12 and 18. Where contract language ambiguous, extrinsic evidence (bargaining history, parties' conduct, etc.) is properly considered by Board to determine the meaning of the contract; p. 11, 12 and 18.