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Peter Ruby quoted in "Tiny punctuation mark, big legal lesson", Globe and Mail

August-16-2006

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Excerpt from "Tiny punctuation mark, big legal lesson", by Beppi Crosariol:

Peter Ruby, a litigator at Goodmans LLP who teaches telecommunications and Internet law at the University of Toronto, is one of several lawyers contacted for this story who said he'll be citing the case in class this fall.

"The interesting bit here is that it is a good example of the modern approach to interpreting documents," Mr. Ruby said.

He argued the CRTC was merely following the lead of Canadian courts, which in recent years have tended to favour the "plain and ordinary meaning" of sentences. "If it's clear what it means and if the context doesn't suggest an absurd outcome, then that's the interpretation you go with," he said, adding that lawyers are obligated to pay close attention to language. "What we have to remember is that people are allowed to make bad deals."