By Aileen Leipprandt, Hilger Hammond
Every ten years, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) releases updated editions of its flagship design and construction agreements, the most recent of which AIA published in 2017. The 2017 revisions were unexceptional. For the most part, commonly negotiated provisions such as indemnity and the mutual waiver of consequential damages remained unchanged. However, one seemingly
inconsequential revision, diminutive in size, abundant in application, and ostensibly stylistic in nature, reigned supreme—the Oxford comma.
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