Claims – Contr Prof Liability

February 19, 2020

Ivy Quad condos in South Bend tangled in legal fight and accusations of sloppy construction

Source:, February 17, 2020
By: Ed Semmler

It was supposed to be a little slice of heaven for well-heeled alumni, faculty and even students at the University of Notre Dame.

The Ivy Quad development along Twyckenham Drive, across from the Eck Tennis Pavilion, is an easy walk from the many activities on campus, as well as restaurants and shopping. The architecture mimicked the design of campus buildings and even the bricks were from the same company used by Notre Dame for the majority of its buildings since the 1930s. Read more.

February 5, 2020

Construction Defects Claimed at 537-Unit Doral Condo

Source:, February 4, 2020
By: Lidia Dinkova

The homeowner association for a Midtown Doral condominium claims construction defects, including leaky plumbing with erratic water pressure, rooftop pools of rainwater on the roof and exposed rebar in cracked concrete.

A member of the development partnership maintains all issues will be worked out and stands by the general contractor hired for the project, saying it had a good track record and insurance. Read more

February 3, 2020

Insurer must defend contractor in arbitration

Source:, January 30, 2020
By: Judy Greenwald

An insurer is obligated to defend a contractor in arbitration over a construction project under a provision in its commercial general liability policy, says a federal appeals court, in affirming a lower court ruling.

Construction of a luxury apartment complex was plagued with problems from the start, which eventually led the property owners to terminate contractor St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Miller Architects & Builders a little over a year after construction began, according to Wednesday’s ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis in Westfield Insurance Co. v. Miller Architects & Builders. Read more.

January 30, 2020

Cantrell: Owners have sole responsibility for Hard Rock project

Source:, January 28, 2020
By: Danny Monteverde

Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Tuesday said she disagrees with the Hard Rock Hotel developers that they are not to blame for the collapse that killed three people and injured dozen more.

“The sole responsibility of this project, of its construction, is the ownership of the site, and that is 1031 Canal (Development LLC),” Cantrell told reporters. “There’s no way that I see the ownership being able to distance themselves from their property, from their project and the liability associated with it.” Read more.

December 23, 2019

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

Source:, 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 Andlinger Center project, as well as Texas-based sub-consultants Jacobs Architects/Engineers, Inc. and Jacobs Consultancy Inc — referred to collectively as “Jacobs Entities” in the suit. Tod Williams ’65 GS’67 received his Master of Fine Arts from the University.  Read more.

December 19, 2019

CNA unit wins professional liability A&E ruling

Source:, 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 another vs. Continental Casualty Co. that consent-to-settle clauses in professional liability policies do not violate state statute. Read more.

December 12, 2019

Investigations Underway After Worker Killed in Cincinnati Partial Building Collapse

Source:, December 2, 2019
By: Jeff Yoders

Preston Todd Delph, 58, an employee of Gateway Concrete Forming in Miamisburg, Ohio, died after the seventh-floor of a mixed-use development on the corner of Fourth and Race streets in Cincinnati, collapsed on him November 25.

Delph was standing on the sixth floor, below, where he was monitoring a concrete placement on the seventh floor for leaks or cracking, according to the Cincinnati Fire Department. OSHA and the City of Cincinnati are investigating the incident. Delph’s body was recovered on November 26 after a 30-hour search led by the Cincinnati Fire Dept. Read more.

November 20, 2019

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

Source:, 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 to blame for the collapse of the main span which killed five motorists and one construction worker in March 2018. Read more.

October 31, 2019

How San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center, dubbed the ‘Grand Central of the West’, went from the ‘safest building in the world’ to a $2.2billion construction debacle six weeks after it opened when workers found cracked steel beams

Source:, October 29, 2019
By: Megan Sheets

When the Salesforce Transit Center and Park opened last fall, the $2.2billion architectural marvel promised to revolutionize commuting in the Bay Area as the cornerstone of an expanded and improved network of trains, buses and streetcars.

Six weeks after a triumphant ribbon-cutting at the so-called ‘Grand Central of the West’, that promise was upended when workers uncovered a pair of substantial cracks in the building’s beams.  Read more.

October 25, 2019

After the New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel collapse, lawsuits mount

Source:, 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 Civil District Court, make unspecific allegations of negligence against the owners of the project, the general contractor Citadel Builders and numerous sub-contractors. Those suits read like placeholders for facts that will be established later as the litigation moves forward. Read more.