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For over four decades, Severson & Werson’s construction attorneys have faithfully served the design and construction industries and successfully and efficiently resolved all kinds of construction problems and disputes. The firm’s lawyers have formed particularly strong alliances with members of the design professional community; architects, engineers, land surveyors, geologists and others; and those professionals’ liability insurers, specializing in and even helping to develop this important area of practice.
A&E Business features Betterment Article written by Hall & Company Broker, Ashley Hurd
A&E Business, the Journal of the Architectural Engineering Management Association has released its Spring 2016 issue. Included in this edition is the article An Understanding of What Constitutes “Betterment” by Ashley Hurd, CRM, CIC. The concept behind betterment derives from an old principal of the law of unjust enrichment, where one individual should not be able to enrich themselves unjustly at the expense of another.
Other contributions to this issue: US Markets – 2016 Construction Overview from FMI’s 32nd annual publication of the US Markets.
- Executive Summary by Hank M. Harris, Jr., Chairman. “It has been a long time since we could report on and write about companies in the industry returning to profitable growth. You will see that theme in this year’s publication,” states Mr. Harris.
- Engineering and Architecture section by Greg Powell and Steven J. Isaacs.
- The economy is improving slowly – but will it continue?
- Employee demand and compensation are rising – but where are the people?
- Consolidation and foreign investment are strong – but what will that mean for you firm?
Top 3 webinars for 2015:
The links to the recordings of our top 3 attended webinars for 2015 are listed below for your viewing convenience.
- The Impact of Contract Language on Claims: Are You Prepared for Defeat or Success?
- Duty to Warn: The Study of Two Claim Cases Against Design Professionals
- The Galloping Gabions: A Case of Improper Construction Procedures that Resulted in Failure of A Gabion System
Supporting our A/E Community Beyond Insurance Brokerage
In pursuit of our goal to become a valued partner to our clients we have set out to make ourselves of real service the A/E community. View our list of educational and professional association sponsorship opportunities
RISK MANAGEMENT EVENTS
|NEW AE RESOURCES WEBINAR! Ethics and the LawWhen: Thursday, April 14th 10:00 PDTEthics has been an important part of the construction industry and the practice of architecture from the very start. This program examines the interplay between acting ethically and complying with the statutes, rules of professional practice, code of conduct and licensure requirements governing the practices of architecture and engineering.|
|Alert: California Court of Appeal Holds Economic Loss Rule Bars Indemnity and Contribution Claims Against Professional Engineering Firm provided by Severson & WersonThe California Court of Appeal just handed down an important decision for the design and construction industry:State Ready Mix, Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol (http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/B253421.PDF).The Court ruled that concrete supplier State Ready Mix, Inc. (State) was unable to pursue any claim for equitable indemnity or contribution against the civil engineer, Moffatt & Nichol (Moffatt). State was sued by the general contractor, which had retained it to supply the concrete for a new travel lift pier at the Channel Islands Harbor, when a portion of the pier had to be demolished and rebuilt after it was discovered that the concrete supplied by State and used to construct the pier was defective. READ MORE|
Article: Is your Insurance Agent Your Trusted Advisor?
eBook: “A Guide to Managing Engineering and Architectural Design Services Contracts – What Every Project Manager Needs to Know” by John Lowe, Lowe Consulting, LLC – Download Article The book is a resource to design professionals as they manage their professional services contracts. Its more than fifty topics address the process from being selected, through the design process, and to preparation of record documents after construction. The book also contains twelve sample documents intended to improve effectiveness and efficiency during the design and construction process.
Article: Liability for ‘Delegated Design’ – Understanding and Avoiding Risks to Design Professionals – by William Thomas and Anthony Hafner, Pitzer Snodgrass, PC. Today’s construction projects are more complicated than in any other time in our history. While construction means and methods may have become more efficient, aided by technology and innovation, those same drivers have made building components and products more complex. Any project, from a new home to high rise office building, involves highly specialized components and systems which all require an incredible amount of technical knowledge and coordination. In this article Bill Thomas and Anthony Hafner provide extensive definitions, explanations of implications from standard industry form documents, analysis of the caselaw on this subject and more. Download Article
Article Understanding the Reservation of Rights Letter – by Ashley Hurd, Hall & Company You receive your mail and discover a letter from your professional liability insurance company. As you are about to file away the letter, you notice that the insurance company is advising you that there are allegations regarding a recently submitted claim that may potentially cause coverage problems. Your immediate concern is does this means you have no coverage for the claim. Download Article