Gerard W. Ittig

Legal Columnist

Gerard Ittig, of Ittig & Ittig, P.C., in Washington, D.C., specializes in construction law. He can be contacted at 202.387.5508, USBuildlaw@aol.com or www.ittig-ittig.com.

Articles by Gerard W. Ittig

September 2007
In my July 2007 article, I posed six problems and named the piece “Lady or the Lion?” The title comes from tales of King Arthur’s court, and it refers a knight who was given a choice between opening one of two doors. Behind one was the promise of happiness; behind the other was the promise of being eaten alive. READ MORE
July 2007
Remember the myth about an Impossible choice?A poor knight is rejected by the king as a suitor for his daughter. To test the knight’s love, the king tells him he can have his daughter in marriage if he selects the correct door. Behind one is the lady; behind the other is a lion. The result of his choice is bliss or death. READ MORE
May 2007
Signing the one-sided contract READ MORE
March 2007
The law of default terminations: Except for instrumentation contractors, “termination” is a bad word, and default termination is worse; typically, but not always, a default termination arises from delay issues: The contractor is slow and will not increase his manpower, or completion dates have passed, and the job is not finished. But what does termination mean? READ MORE
January 2007
Challenging clauses can cause confusion: I have searched through actual contracts for some clauses to challenge you. Compare them to the provisions in your own agreements. What do they mean? What are they meant to mean? Can you live with these obligations? Once you have thought about each clause and how it applies, read my commentary for my views. I. READ MORE
November 2006
Improve written communication by following the rules Have you ever written a letter like this? “Dear Owner/Contractor: We have been in business for 20 years and never encountered the problems we have with this job. READ MORE
October 2006
Some chicanery has legal ramifications, some does not READ MORE
September 2006
Contract language may not give you much leeway There are two equally important concepts in contract law that every contractor needs to know: What does the law mean and how is it applied?   READ MORE
August 2006
Two recent cases highlight the harm caused by “no damages for delay” clauses. Both are well-reasoned decisions from Maryland that survey the law from many states. As such, they are worth knowing, particularly because the uncompensated delays were outrageous. READ MORE

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