For over 50 years Dealey, Renton & Associates (DRA) has helped our firms with their risk management and insurance needs. As part of our ongoing efforts, DRA publishes a monthly newsletter for clients and industry partners on general and professional risk management issues facing design firms.
The following is a summary of our March 2016 newsletter
Duty to Defend Legislation
Help pass Senate Bill 885: ACEC CA needs everyone's support!
ACEC is leading the charge to pass legislation to diminish the impact of the uninsurable contractual obligation to provide an 'upfront' defense toindemnities. Please help support the industry by pledging your support and participate by writing a letter to Senator Lois Wolk!
Choice of jurisdiction in design subcontract unenforceable in CA
A California appellate court held the 'pay if paid' clause in a contract between a California design firm and a Texas based architect is unenforceable as contrary to California code and public policy. The details of the case are outlined in an interesting article provided by J. Kent Holland of ConstructionRisk, Inc.
Mixed Use Condominiums: Design Questions and Risks
This Travelers risk management commentary by Jeffrey Keiner (an attorney at the Florida law firm Gray Robinson) discusses several unique challenges of designing Mixed-use project which include condominiums. Some of the risks are not apparent and should be considered by design professionals who are considering or providing services for this project type.
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