Indemnity Relief Coming to California Design Professionals
Indemnity Relief Coming to California Design Professionals
May 03, 2017

On April 27, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 496 (“SB-496”) into law. SB-496 will significantly lessen the burden of indemnity provisions and the dreaded immediate duty to defend in both public and private contracts with design professionals. Efforts to obtain passage began several years ago and were spearheaded by the hard work of the […]

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If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part I
If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part I
January 27, 2017

Do architects owe a “duty of care” to the homeowners of a condominium project with whom the architects have no contractual privity?  According to the California Supreme Court, they do.  What does this mean in practical terms?  The answer is that architects are now more than ever exposed to potential future claims and lawsuits brought […]

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Construction Contracts and Bankruptcy: The Ultimate in
Construction Contracts and Bankruptcy: The Ultimate in "Value Engineering"
December 20, 2016

You have just learned that the other party to your contract has filed for bankruptcy. That party owes you money for past work and the project is not yet completed. This is a difficult and confusing situation that your firm might encounter. In this Practice Note, attorney Jeremy W. Katz provides insight into the bankruptcy […]

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Design Professionals and the Give-and-Take of
Design Professionals and the Give-and-Take of "Standard Contracts"
October 04, 2016

The word standard implies many things. A bar to be cleared; a rubric to be followed. But for design professionals, the word becomes tricky when applied to contracts. Project owners often want to keep things simple by requiring so-called Standard Contracts for all parties. This is a problem for architects and engineers, especially from an […]

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Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway
Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway
August 24, 2016

Some of the most frequently asked questions we hear are triggered by the disparities between the insurance coverage available to design professionals and the demands made for coverage by general contractors and their standard contracts.   This is a nuanced area, and you should call your local a/e ProNet broker if you have specific questions. In the […]

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Certificates of Insurance:  Why You Can’t Always Have It Your Way
Certificates of Insurance: Why You Can’t Always Have It Your Way
August 05, 2016

Design professionals are often asked by their clients to sign contracts that include comprehensive—sometimes unreasonable—insurance requirements and indemnification terms.  These are usually drafted with the goal of protecting owners, clients, contractors, or other project participants.  But how does this work when the required coverages aren’t found in the commercial insurance marketplace? Certificates of insurance (COIs)—which […]

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2015 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers in Engineering, Inc.
2015 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers in Engineering, Inc.
March 29, 2016

Design firms preparing to purchase or renew professional liability insurance ask the same few questions every year. How will my professional liability premium be calculated? Will my professional liability premium go up? Should I change professional liability insurance companies? One helpful resource to answer these questions is the 2015 Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers, a report […]

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John Ronan Architects is an Obama Presidential Library Finalist
John Ronan Architects is an Obama Presidential Library Finalist
March 22, 2016

Chicago architecture firm and a/e ProNet client John Ronan Architects is one of seven finalists for the design of the Obama Presidential Library, which will be built on Chicago’s South Side. The remaining seven firms hail from all over the world, so it’s exciting that at least one “local” architect made the cut. John Ronan Architects […]

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The Down-Low on Broker-Verification Questionnaires
The Down-Low on Broker-Verification Questionnaires
March 02, 2016

In what attorney Brian Stewart calls a “disturbing trend,” more and more project owners design professionals to procure separate questionnaires from their insurance brokers. These “broker-verification questionnaires” are meant to re-state or re-affirm the limits, exclusions, etc. of the relevant insurance policies to the project.  If you’re an architect or engineer who has met push-back […]

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Drones: Should Architects & Engineers use them?
Drones: Should Architects & Engineers use them?
February 25, 2016

They offer a bird’s eye view of construction sites. They provide breathtaking photographic opportunities for architects looking to showcase their work. And they’re fun to fly. However, while they may be intriguing tools for architects and engineers, drones open up the design firms that use them to many possibly unanticipated risks. These days, obtaining a drone is […]

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