ironclad agreement


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ironclad agreement

A mythical contract that can't be broken—like the Loch Ness Monster, often reported but never confirmed. As a practical matter, there is no agreement that can't be broken if the parties have sufficient resources, well-qualified legal talent, and plenty of time.

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He also suggested that the state or federal government may be a better steward, and that there should be an ironclad agreement with "no wiggle room, no holes, done by experts in crafting these things in perpetuity, and has successors in oversight if the city decides it doesn't want it any more.
Gibbs said the students should not have been told they would be able to transfer their courses if there wasn't an ironclad agreement in place.
The fact is, manufacturers licensed to produce EI merchandise had to sign ironclad agreements with Lucas Licensing Ltd.