Legal Memorandum: Defense to a Contempt Finding

Issue: Is vagueness or ambiguity in a court’s order a defense to a finding of contempt in the Third Circuit?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Contempt; Vagueness or ambiguity
Jurisdiction: Federal
Cited Cases: 775 F.2d 535; 28 F.3d 396
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 04/01/2007

           Although vagueness, ambiguity, and omissions in a court order “‘redound to the benefit of the person charged with the contempt,'” vagueness is no defense when the court order is clear.  Robin Woods, Inc. v. Woods, 28 F.3d 396, 399 (3d Cir. 1994) (quoting Eavenson, Auchmuty & Greenwald v. Holtzman, 775 F.2d 535, 544 (3d Cir. 1985)).


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