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In this edition May, 2013
[+] Good Samaritan Services Risk Management
[+] Risk Management Considerations for Design Professionals Engaging in Joint Ventures
[+] Limitation of Liability Clauses
[+] Spring 2013 Legislative & Litigation Roundup
[+] Access other Travelers risk management resources for architects and engineers [+]

Good Samaritan Services Risk Management
Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the Northeast United States. One of the calls to action in its aftermath is to inspect buildings and other structures to ensure their safe usage. Architects and engineers may be required under their respective licensure board rules of professional conduct to protect public health, safety, and welfare.
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Risk Management Considerations for Design Professionals Engaging in Joint Ventures
Daniel C. Poteet, Esq., Donovan Hatem LLP
Design professionals may, for a variety of reasons, contemplate entering into or creating a joint venture with one or more additional firms. Broadly speaking, a joint venture ("JV") is understood to be a single enterprise that is created for a common purpose of the JV partners, which shares in profits and losses, and includes the right of all partners to the JC to participate in managing the JV.
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Limitation of Liability Clauses
William S. Thomas, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.
On June 16, 1887, 150 years ago, Mr. Frank Primrose walked into the Philadelphia Western Union office with an encoded message for his agent dispatched to Ellis, Kansas to purchase wool. The message was sent, but no reply message was asked for, or paid for. Instead of sitting tight for further word, (because Primrose had just purchased all the wool he needed), his agent began to buy up all the wool he could, assuming those were his instructions.
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Spring 2013 Legislative & Litigation Roundup
California. New Case Law Shields Architects from Personal Injury Claims
Delaware. Economic Loss Doctrine Applied to Bar Recovery Against Civil Engineer and The Statute of Repose Applied to Civil Engineering Projects.
Connecticut. Statute of Limitations Does Not Apply to Construction Claims by the State.
Michigan. Architect Not Liable to Unsuccessful Bidder for Tortious Interference
California. Legislature Restricts Certain ADA Claims
South Carolina. Good Samaritan Legislation Affording A&E's Immunity Enacted.
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