Tag: ADA

Think the ADA preempts contractual risk shifting? Not so fast, says the Ninth Circuit.

Rejecting an argument that the ADA preempts all contractual claims for indemnity and contribution, the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a public owner’s right to seek contribution for damages arising out of ADA violations caused by the designer and contractor of a transportation facility. See City of Los Angeles v. AECOM Services, Inc. (here). This decision … Continue Reading

Architect Off the Hook for ADA Defects

Continuing a disturbing trend, another recent case finds that an architect is not liable for a design that failed to comply with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (RA). In Chicago Housing Authority v. DeStefano & Partners, Ltd. (here), an Illinois appellate court followed several other federal and state decisions in holding … Continue Reading

ADA Claims: The Buck Stops with Developers

In my latest Daily Journal of Commerce Construction column, I discuss tips for developers to help handle claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the column, I recommend several mitigation efforts to reduce liability for ADA defects including: hire vendors with a track record of compliance and competence, verify that all participants insurance policies … Continue Reading
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