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
Contempt; Vagueness or ambiguity
775 F.2d 535; 28 F.3d 396
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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