Insured Contract Exception to Contractual-Liability Exclusion

A project owner and its subcontractors were entitled to be defended and indemnified under its contractor’s commercial general liability (CGL) policy. The “contractual liability” exclusion of the policy was not applicable because indemnity was afforded under an...

Resulting Loss from Faulty Work are Covered by Homeowner Policy

Homeowner’s insurance policy carrier denied coverage for losses that occurred in connection with construction of an addition to the homeowner’s house that was to serve as an observatory. The addition included construction of a telescope support system that included...

Contractor Suit against Engineer for Negligent Design Dismissed

Contractor sued engineer for damages it claimed it sustained as a result of negligent design that the engineer prepared for a project owner. Although an engineering firm could owe a duty to reasonably draft and interpret project specifications and it could be...

Construction Manager Not Liable for Defective Work by Contractor

Professional Construction Manager is not a guarantor of work performed by a construction contractor who is under separate contract to the project owner even though it agreed to “make sure the construction work is performed properly.” The owner was entitled to recover...

Safety Consultant May be Liable for Death of Client’s Employee

A safety consultant retained by a California employer owes a duty of care to its client’s workers. The trial court incorrectly granted summary judgment on the ground that the consultant owed no duty of care because its allegedly negligent omissions were not...