GENERAL LEGAL PRINCIPLES; CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT/ INTERPRETATION – General Principles of Contract Interpretation
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1404.03000 – General Principles of Contract Interpretation
When considering contract interpretation disputes it is proper to consider the whole contract taken together, so as to give effect to every part. "An interpretation which gives a reasonable, lawful, and effective meaning to all the terms is preferred to an interpretation which leaves a part unreasonable, unlawful or of no effect." 1 Watkin, Summary of Cal. Law (9th ed. 1987) sections 686 and 690; p. 3.