Resolving Ambiguities in Insurance Policy Language: The Contra Proferentem Doctrine and The Use of Extrinsic Evidence

May 19, 2003

At one time, the existence of an ambiguity in an insurance contract resulted in a presumption of coverage for the insured because many courts did not allow the use of extrinsic evidence to remove and ambiguity.  But this is no longer the case....

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