Archinect - News 2015-11-26T14:53:10-05:00 Architects can now be held liable for building defects, rules California Supreme Court Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T19:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T10:05:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California&rsquo;s Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the principal architects for a condominium project may be sued directly by a condominium homeowners association for design defects.&nbsp;[...] The decision held that even though, on most projects, the developer has the final say on design choices, the architect can&rsquo;t escape liability to the end user.&nbsp;This decision is likely to give homeowners associations another target in defect cases.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lawsuit could make climate change readiness the city's burden Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-23T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:07:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A major insurance company is suing Chicago-area municipal governments saying they knew of the risks posed by climate change and should have been better prepared. The class-action lawsuits raise the question of who is liable for the costs of global warming. [...] &ldquo;What the insurers are saying is: &lsquo;We&rsquo;re in the business of covering unforeseen risks... But we&rsquo;re now at a point with the science where climate change is now a foreseeable risk.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>