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     I provide contract plan check services for a jurisdiction that
"recommends" ( voluntary ) that an applicant follow the L.A. city guidelines
on wood frame seismic design.
     An engineer responded to this comment by saying he would really like to
but the  housing tract developer would sue him if he designed in anything
that cost more than building code absolute minimum. He said it is really up
to the developer.
     Any thoughts on this subject ? Has anyone heard of an engineer being
sued for designing above code minimums ?
    

     Tom Harris , SE
     Thousand Oaks, CA


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