Friday, April 09, 2010

Design Professional Legal Defense & Indemnity Obligations

In a recent California Court of Appeal decision, UDC-Universal v. CH2M Hill, the Court held that a Consultant's duty to defend a developer against a homeowner association's negligent action arose despite the lack of an underlying claim of negligence against the Consultant. This occurred during the Crawford vs. Weather Shield case. Even though the Consultant was found to be not negligent by a jury, the Court still imposed an obligation upon the Consultant to pay for the developer's defense costs and fees under the indemnity clause contained within the parties' contract.

This court decision sent shock waves throughout the profession. To address those concerns, the AIACC supports this webinar's efforts regarding these issues, in which legal experts will be discussing the case and describing the implications on design professionals, as well as addressing contract negotiation strategies to respond to the decision. Presented by Kenneth Strong, Esq and Williams Peters of Gordon & Rees LLP.

Join us at the AIA East Bay to view this informative webinar provided by Contract Solutions Group (CSG).

Kenneth F. Strong, Esq., has over thirty years of experience in representing design professionals and contractors in litigation and transactional matters, including alleged errors in design and workmanship, claims for delay and disruption, environmental contamination, and architectural copyright violation claims.

William J. Peters, Esq., has specialized in construction litigation at Gordon & Rees for the past 28 years and is head of the Construction Practice Group. His practice includes matters involving alleged construction defects, delay and disruption, product liability and trade secrets.

Design Professional Legal Defense & Indemnity Obligations
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.
Contact: 510/464-3600
Cost: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members. Registration required. Click here to register.
1.5 CES LUs

For more information: 510/464-3600

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