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Re: Limit of Liability

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Another resource that Structural Engineers can make use of 
in "managing" their liabilty exposure is using contracts 
developed by the Coalition of American Structural 
Engineers (CASE).  CASE is affilliated with the American 
Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC).

There are currently 11-CASE Agreements.  These agreements 
are unique in that they were developed by structural 
engineers for structural engineers and the unique 
situations they encounter.  All agreements have been 
thoroughly reviewed by legal council and the major E&O 
insurance carriers.  The agreements address common 
situations such as, Limited Service Agreements (short-form 
contract), Prime Agreement w/ Owner, Peer Review 
Agreement, Provisions for use with AIA C141, Electronic 
Media Transfer, etc.  Included in the Terms and Conditions 
are clauses covering such things as, Hidden Conditions (ie 
structural systems concealed by architectural finishes), 
Risk Allocation (limitation of liability), 
Indemnifications and Termination of Service (stop work if 
not payed) and others.  All of the contract agreements are 
available on disked and can be purchased at a nominal cost 
from CASE.

More information can be gained on CASE by visiting their 
web site at:

1015 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Suite 802
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-7474

Contact: Ed Bajer, CASE Executive Director

Ed Dean

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Date: Wed, 29 Jan 1997 02:43:41 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: Re: Limit of Liability
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May I pose a question to the board members?
Would SEAOC be willing to look into the possibility of 
E/O insurance as a group to the members?
I guess other prof. organizations have similar services. 
i.e ASCE and AIA.

I would be very interested in attending seminars on 
Liability insurance and 
contract writting and other engineering office related 
matters. I guess
design is 
maybe 40% to 50% of time spent. The rest is legal and 
money related issues.

I remember attending a seminar given in 89 that was 
related to this subject.
"Seminar on The Structural Engineer in a Business 
Environment". It was a 
great start but I guess that was the only one given in the 
last eight years.
The entire business environment has changed since our 
little mini depression 
in CA.
Just an idea!  :)

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