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What Does “We” or “Us” Mean in a Virginia Contract – and Should You Care?

March 2, 2012

I spent the morning arguing (I know, no surprise) that the words “us” and “we” had very specific meanings in a contract. I went so far as to argue that “the parties,” or “disputants” may not include “us” and “we.”

Sound confusing? Or at least non-sensical? Boring? Maybe.

It would be but for the fact my arguments were based on a specific contract, and under Virginia law, contract terms have the meanings that we give them. So “us” and “we” means what the contracts says it means.

And if the contract does not explain these terms, then the court must give them the plain meaning of the terms.

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