Monthly Archives: January 2013

With Senate Bill 474’s major provisions now in effect, do you know the law?

In the 2011-2012 cycle, the California State Legislature enacted over 4000 new laws. Although many of these laws affect constructions managers and their insurers, the most talked about new law is not actually new at all. Senate Bill 474, signed … Continue reading

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A Change in the Insurance Winds–An appellate district split threatens to broaden liability for insurers

Larry Golub recently was quoted in the Law360 blog on several high-profile insurance cases to watch in 2013 (subscription required). One case worth further inspection is the upcoming Zhang v. Superior Court of San Bernardino County. With Zhang, the California … Continue reading

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Court Gives Effect to Commercial Landlord’s Intent in Policy Endorsement

On December 5, 2012, our Court of Appeals of California, Second District, issued an opinion affirming that when a tenant’s policy includes a commercial landlord as an additional insured, the policy’s inter-insured exclusion does not prevent the landlord from recovering … Continue reading

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Evolving Trends in Professional Liability Claims Against Insurance Brokers

While the general rule of liability for insurance agents and brokers is that an agent or broker is only responsible for procuring for its client, the coverage specifically requested by the client (Jones v. Grewe), the duties imposed on brokers … Continue reading

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Design Professionals Owe a Duty of Care to Third Party Purchasers of Residential Buildings

On December 13, 2012, the Court of Appeals for the First District filed its opinion in Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP et al. (No. A134542.)  The decision is bad news for architects and other design … Continue reading

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