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Yearly Archives: 2008

  • CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION INDEMNITY AGREEMENTS CLARIFIED The California Supreme Court recently decided the case of Crawford v. Weather Shield Mfg., Inc., clarifying California law concerning indemnities in construction contracts. An indemnity provision generally requires one party to protect another party from claims, lawsuits or losses related to the contract or work on the project. Indemnity provisions usually encompass two distinct duties:   a duty to defend claims and lawsuits, and;   a duty to pay any ultimate judgment or settlement.  In Crawford, the Court held that the contractual indemnity at issue required the subcontractor providing the indemnity to provide an “up-front” defense […]