Connecticut Plain Language Law


 CONNECTICUT PLAIN LANGUAGE LAW

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 42-152

Standard of plain language

(a) Standard.  Every consumer contract entered into after June 30, 1980, shall be written in plain language.  A consumer contract is written in plain language if it meets either the plain language tests of subsection (b) or the alternate objective tests of subsection (c).  A consumer contract need not meet the tests of both subsections.

(b) Plain language tests.  A consumer contract is written in plain language if it substantially complies with all of the following tests: 
 (1) It uses short sentences and paragraphs; and 
 (2) It uses everyday words; and 
 (3) It uses personal pronouns, the actual or shortened names of the parties to the contract, or both, when referring to those parties; and 
 (4) It uses simple and active verb forms; and 
 (5) It uses type of readable size; and 
 (6) It uses ink which contrasts with the paper; and 
 (7) It heads sections and other subdivisions with captions which are in boldface type or which otherwise stand out significantly from the text; and 
 (8) It uses layout and spacing which separate the paragraphs and sections of the contract from each other and from the borders of the paper; and 
 (9) It is written and organized in a clear and coherent manner.

(c) Alternate objective tests.  A consumer contract is also written in plain language if it fully meets all of the following tests, using the procedures described in section 42-158: 
 (1) The average number of words per sentence is less than twenty-two; and 
 (2) No sentence in the contract exceeds fifty words; and 
 (3) The average number of words per paragraph is less than seventy-five; and 
 (4) No paragraph in the contract exceeds one hundred fifty words; and 
 (5) The average number of syllables per word is less than 1.55; and 
 (6) It uses personal pronouns, the actual or shortened names of the parties to the contract, or both, when referring to those parties; and 
 (7) It uses no type face of less than eight points in size; and 
 (8) It allows at least three-sixteenths of an inch of blank space between each paragraph and section; and 
 (9) It allows at least one-half of an inch of blank space at all borders of each page; and 
 (10) If the contract is printed, each section is captioned in boldface type at least ten points in size. If the contract is typewritten, each section is captioned and the captions are underlined; and 
 (11) It uses an average length of line of no more than sixty-five characters.