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L293 (2/2/2009) Legal Reasoning  Legal Reasoning  When Faced With a Legal Question: Step 1: Is there an existing statute? Step 2: If so, how do I interpret it? Step 3: If not, how do I find binding precedent?  Interpreting Existing Statutes Plain meaning rule Hyatt v. Anoka Police Department      What is a “dog”? How do we define the word “any”? Other statutory interpretation tools… Legislative history and purpose What is meant by a prohibition against discrimination “because of  an individual’s age?” General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc. v. Cline     Additional tools… General public purpose or public policy Prior interpretation of a statute Maxims Ejusdem generis   (of the same kind) “Automobiles and other vehicles” does not include airplanes Expressio unius est exclusio alterius  (The express mention of one 
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course BUS 293 taught by Professor Brown during the Winter '09 term at Indiana.

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