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Re: UBC/LA City Code and Lateral Design Forces

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Dennis, 
    Assume an EOR did not comply with the UBC but provided an equally safe 
design. 
    The question to be addressed is this: Did the EOR design CAUSE any 
damages?  If NO, there is NO liability, and the EOR should be dismissed.

    Just because your design does not meet the code does not mean you are 
automatically liable for damages, to the contrary; the plaintiff must prove a 
direct connection between your design and the damages.  
    Damages could occur for many reasons excluding a design defect; such as 
defective materials, products, workmanship, etc...Engineers should not 
automatically assume they are liable for damages just because they are named 
a defendant, even if there design was not per code.
    If an EOR falls into this category, it is not too difficult to obtain a 
dismissal without excessive litigation costs.

George Hakim