West Headnote of the Day – September 15, 2010

September 15, 2010

West's Key 95 Contracts
West's Key 95II Construction and Operation
West's Key 95II(A) General Rules of Construction
West's Key 95k151 Language of Instrument
West's Key 95k152 k. In General.

95 ContractsSignatory to a contract is bound by its ordinary meaning even if he gave it an idiosyncratic one; private intent counts only if it is conveyed to the other party and shared; party cannot escape contractual obligation by signing with its fingers crossed behind its back, even if that clearly shows its intent not to be bound.
Robbins v. Lynch, 836 F.2d 330 (7th Cir. 1988)