Legal Wit — Alice in Wonderland Interpretations

Legal Wit — Alice in Wonderland Interpretations

It appears to me a rather challenging proposition for the defendants to suggest that I should actually interpret the phrases displayed prominently on this document, i.e.. "payable to: escrow account", "Payments made" and "Amount (AED): 1,189,176" as if they actually read "NOT payable to escrow account" and "(AED) 1,189,176 Payment NOT made". Reading the document in such a fashion would require one to be possessed of the sort of elastic view of the meaning of words in the English language as is possessed by characters to be encountered in Alice in Wonderland, but is not appropriate to a court of law.

The documents on their face would tell any ordinarily competent reader that the identified payments had been made to the identified account and in the identified amounts. Suggesting that they in fact convey the opposite information is pure sophistry.

Nadi Inc. v. Montazemi-Safari |
2015 CarswellOnt 7880 |
Ontario Superior Court of Justice
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