Here’s what you need to know about the new AIA A201 contract language and insurance requirements

Kenneth W. Cobleigh, managing director and counsel of AIA Contract Documents, writing for Construction Executive, highlighted some of the major impacts that the 2017 revision to the fairly ubiquitous A201 contract language might have on projects:

The single most significant 2017 revision to the A201 Family is the creation of an Insurance and Bonds Exhibit to accompany the key owner-contractor agreements.

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Risk Management: Don’t drive forward with all your attention in the rear-view mirror

Jennifer Hermes, writing for Environmental Leader: Risk management professionals should be leading the charge to help their companies understand how disruptive technologies will affect business strategies and operations – and those risk managers who don’t lead the way will be relegated to a support role, according to the new 2017 Excellence in Risk Management (PDF) report. Disruptive technologies as … Continue reading Risk Management: Don’t drive forward with all your attention in the rear-view mirror

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

UK: Poor quality new homes don’t solve housing shortage

Housing shortages abound throughout the modern world, and in the UK, the situation is not much different than here in the US. Also not much different: substantial claims of defective construction due to cut corners in an effort to meet demand. In fact, the country’s National House Building Council, which provides 10-year warranties covering most newly constructed … Continue reading UK: Poor quality new homes don’t solve housing shortage

Post-Katrina construction defects in the spotlight: Make It Right Foundation makes things right

For nearly 11 years, I served as a secret weapon in the defense of the nation’s largest homebuilders against numerous construction defect claims involving thousands of building units. Most of my colleagues and clients were often surprised when I mentioned that one of the top builders in the country was a non-profit: Habitat for Humanity. … Continue reading Post-Katrina construction defects in the spotlight: Make It Right Foundation makes things right

Blowing the Roof Off of a Rock N’ Roll Insurance Case

I met Peter Lattey at West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar in 2012. Over lunch a few months later, he told me the story of his involvement representing the respondent in Sequoia Insurance Company vs International Recording Corporation. As Peter’s story shows, there are no typical days for professionals working in architecture, engineering and construction … Continue reading Blowing the Roof Off of a Rock N’ Roll Insurance Case

VE-ADR 2012: Emerging Strategies for Successful Construction Defect Plaintiff Lawyers

Last week, I posted an article entitled VE-ADR 2012: Where are we going with Construction Defect Litigation, summarizing some of my initial thoughts after attending LiMa Solutions’ seminar in Key West. This article is the first in a series discussing some of the key take-aways from the event for stakeholders. Since there wouldn’t be construction … Continue reading VE-ADR 2012: Emerging Strategies for Successful Construction Defect Plaintiff Lawyers

Recap: West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar 2012

The 19th annual West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar (WCCCDS), held at the Disneyland Grand Hotel has come to a close. Preliminary estimates of attendance indicate that this year’s attendance may have been down slightly from last year, though the final numbers won’t be available until later this week. Overall, it was clear that a … Continue reading Recap: West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar 2012

Liveblogging WCCCDS: Construction Defect Claims and Insurance

“Why do We Need to Know Certain Things and How Decisions are Made . . . Construction Defect Claims and Insurance: A Primer on Insurance from a Claims Professional’s Point of View” Phyllis Modlin, Todd Schweitzer, Teresa Wolcott and Lee Wright Prior to the panel beginning, representatives from Disney performed a choreographed safety demonstration, accompanied … Continue reading Liveblogging WCCCDS: Construction Defect Claims and Insurance