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CA Supreme Court Decision Increases Litigation Exposure of Architects

PDF American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orange County
Orange County, CA
January 14, 2015

Darren Barker spoke on a panel at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orange County chapter’s January meeting on “CA Supreme Court Decision Increases Litigation Exposure of Architects.”

The California Supreme Court decision in Beacon Residential v SOM expands an architect’s duty of care to future residential property owners, where there is no contractual relationship. This presentation covered the factual background of the case; how the court arrived at its finding; how the case is applicable to California architects and design professionals; and how this potential liability will impact future business for California Architects.

At the conclusion of this session, attendees learned:

  • A new California Supreme Court decision that increases design professional’s exposure to claims and makes architects liable in negligence to third parties.
  • How the California Supreme Court decision will impact ongoing business.
  • How the California Supreme Court decision creating a duty to future homeowners can be expanded to commercial construction defects as well as creating additional exposure for other design professionals. 
  • How to defend themselves from this new potential liability.

The program offered one hour of MCLE credit.

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