WCCCDS 2018: Effective Use of Expert Witnesses

Each May, over 1,000 of the world's leading attorneys, insurance professionals and experts in the world of construction defect litigation descend upon the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California to discuss the latest trends, laws and precedent-setting cases affecting litigation. This year, once again, I was able to capture some observations furiously typed over the course … Continue reading WCCCDS 2018: Effective Use of Expert Witnesses

Reservation of Rights, and the need for your own attorney during a dispute

Melissa Dewey Brumback, a partner at North Carolina-based Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, recently tackled the subject of what to do as design professional if you have received a "Reservation of Rights" letter from your insurer as part of a claim against your firm. As she explains: Reservation of Rights (ROR) letters are sent for a variety … Continue reading Reservation of Rights, and the need for your own attorney during a dispute

Professional Liability Coverage for Contractors and Construction Managers?

Judy Greenwald wrote an insightful article at Business Insurance entitled, Contractors professional liability demand rises. In most circles, especially among architects, engineers and attorneys, contractors are not typically viewed as professionals. So why are these "non-professionals" purchasing "professional liability insurance?" As construction delivery methods such as design-build and integrated project delivery (IPD) continue to gain … Continue reading Professional Liability Coverage for Contractors and Construction Managers?

This is what Quality Assurance Observation Certification means to Insurance Carriers

On Monday, I wrote a post entitled, "When we build, let us think that we build forever". In that post I introduced the QAO, or Quality Assurance Observation, methodology. The first project to be certified by OAC Management Incorporated under this methodology, was The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Vail, CO. Here is what the insurance carrier, … Continue reading This is what Quality Assurance Observation Certification means to Insurance Carriers