Lessons in Reading Law: Rimini Street's Duel over 'Full Costs'
20 Federalist Society Review 18 (2019)
8 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2019
Date Written: January 9, 2019
As Rimini Street illustrates well, plain meaning can be a trap for the unwary. Dictionaries alone cannot always decide questions of statutory interpretation, even under the plain meaning rule. Construing text requires reading it in its full context, taking into consideration any relevant historical or jurisprudential glosses to the text. In this case, both sides invoke fundamental principles of statutory interpretation. But, reading law here in holistic fashion, Rimini Street makes better sense of Section 505’s “full costs” when viewed in its full context.
Keywords: statutory interpretation, textualism, Copyright Act
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