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Design and construction services not authorized in Cuba

The U.S. Treasury Department has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations as of January 27, 2016. The changes are meant to further facilitate authorized travel to Cuba by persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction; certain authorized commerce; and the flow of information to, from, and within Cuba. The existing Cuba embargo remains in place—that can only … Continue reading

Why per-claim and aggregate limits matter

Does it really matter if your professional services agreement only requires your firm to carry professional liability insurance with a per-claim limit of $1,000,000? It may. The appropriate language for stating the limits of professional liability coverage under a policy is “per-claim with an aggregate limit.” No U.S. professional liability policy provides unlimited coverage during … Continue reading

Obtaining additional insured status on the contractor’s CGL insurance

Additional insured status on a contractor’s CGL policy is most beneficial for claims involving bodily injury to construction workers, but it may also provide protection from third-party or non-worker bodily injury or property damage claims. In these instances, architects and engineers may benefit from having the contractor’s CGL policy provide them with a defense that … Continue reading

Aleatory architecture

The definition of aleatory is from the Latin word alea, meaning “dice,” and connotes that some element of a project is left to chance. This appears contrary to the traditional view of architecture and structural design in which little is left to chance. Some designers are looking at new ways to design structures that takes … Continue reading

Remember registration and insurance if you use drones

As expected, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that anyone who owns a consumer drone weighing between 0.55 pounds and 50 pounds must register it before February 19 or be fined up to $27,500 in civil penalties—or face jail time and $250,000 in criminal penalties. The new registration requirement is part of the FAA’s … Continue reading