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RT ECP: Claims - A&E Prof Liability

August 5, 2020

Engineering firm not entitled to coverage for pollution loss

Source: https://www.businessinsurance.com/, August 4, 2020 By: Judy Greenwald A mechanical engineering firm cannot recover a pollution loss under its coverage because it filed its claim late, even though it was allegedly told by its insurer’s claims department to hold off filing a claim until a formal demand had been made, a federal appeals court said […]

June 11, 2020

College settles legal wrangling over building deficiencies

Source: https://www.themountaineer.com/, June 11, 2020 By: Vicki Hyatt Just last week, legal issues surrounding the 41,000 square-foot creative arts building at Haywood Community College were resolved. After seven years of trying to get problems fixed that were first noticed within days of moving into the building, the college governing board signed off on a $700,000 […]

June 10, 2020

Construction After COVID-19: Mitigating Design-Related Risk in a Post-Pandemic Paradigm

Source: https://iclg.com/, June 8m 2020 By: Faegre Drinker Among various other disruptions and turbulence that COVID-19 has brought to the construction industry, it has also introduced new concerns about the way we use and design public spaces. These insights provide new and distinctive opportunities — and risks. What design changes should professionals put in practice […]

May 11, 2020

UCF receives $1.4 million in football stadium defect suit

Source: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/, May 8, 2020 By: Annie Martin The University of Central Florida has received $1.4 million from the architect and some of the contractors involved in building its football stadium, which suffered from defects, including problems with rust. More than two years after the university filed a suit alleging the steel structure was wearing prematurely and […]

April 30, 2020

Engineering review of $1B, FIGG-backed Houston bridge identifies design issues

Source: https://www.constructiondive.com/, March 17, 2020 By: Kim Slowey HNTB is providing construction management services for the project, and the joint venture of Zachry Construction Corp. and Traylor Bros. Inc. is building the bridge. FIGG is the engineer of record. The HCTRA stopped construction on the main pylons of the cable-stayed portion of the bridge in […]

April 30, 2020

$1B US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis construction issues include 2-year, $21M leak exposure fix

Source: https://www.constructiondive.com/, March 3, 2020 By: Kim Slowey In a joint statement issued on Feb. 28, M.A. Mortenson Co. and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority announced that several designers, engineers, contractors and their insurance companies have reached a mediated agreement as to outstanding construction issues at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The work, which […]

March 24, 2020

Liability Insurers Report Rise in Claims Against Architects and Engineers

Increased billings by architecture and engineering firms generated bigger professional liability premiums in 2019 but also led to the first upswing in claims activity in several years, Ames & Gough said in a report. The brokerage, based in McLean, Va., said its annual survey of professional liability insurance carriers found that 40 percent reported a […]

December 23, 2019

U. sues architecture firms for $10.7M over Andlinger Center construction

Source: https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/, December 21, 2019 By: Zachary Shevin The University has filed a $10.7 million lawsuit against firms involved in the design and construction of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. The Trustees of Princeton University are suing Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA), a New York-based firm that provided architectural services related to the […]

December 19, 2019

CNA unit wins professional liability A&E ruling

Source: https://www.businessinsurance.com/, December 17, 2019 By: Judy Greenwald Massachusetts’ top court affirmed summary judgment Monday in favor of a CNA Financial Corp. unit in a professional liability case in which its policyholder had refused to agree to a settlement. The unanimous ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts also held in Douglas M. Rawan and […]

November 21, 2019

Fla. Courts Continue to Expand Liability of Design Professionals on Construction Projects

Source: November 21, 2019 By: Charles E. Fombrun and Freddy X. Munoz Design professionals such as architects and engineers are exposed to significant risk and potential liability for errors and omissions in their designs and other work on construction projects. In addition to potential up-front design errors, many professionals participate in project administration, which includes […]

November 20, 2019

Florida bridge collapse | Catalogue of engineering errors revealed in final report

Source: https://www.newcivilengineer.com/, November 14, 2019 By: Sa,m Sholli A catalogue of engineering errors during design and construction led to the fatal collapse of the Florida International University bridge, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has ruled in its final report. The report concludes that design calculation errors made by Figg Bridge Engineers were ultimately […]

October 25, 2019

After the New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel collapse, lawsuits mount

Source: https://www.theadvertiser.com, October 24, 2019 By: Todd A. Price In the wake of the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site on Oct 12, 11 lawsuits have been filed by site workers, nearby businesses, bystanders and the children of two of the men killed. All but one of the lawsuits, filed in Orleans Parish […]

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