Legislation that would have removed the 10-year statute of limitation for design professionals, contractors and others associated with the built environment in limited situations failed passage earlier this month in the State Assembly Judiciary Committee.
The AIACC was a part of the coalition in opposition to this bill, AB 1207.
AB 1207 would have exposed design professionals and others to great uncertainty and enormous exposure by removing the 10-year statute of limitation for damages allegedly caused by a pollutant or hazardous material.
If AB 1207 had passed and subsequently been enacted into law, an architect who works on a project in 2013 and specifies dry wall, for example, could be sued in 2063 if in 2062 the federal or state government classifies a material in the dry wall as hazardous.
Click here to read the coalition letter in opposition to AB 1207.
This is just one of the hundreds of bills the AIACC is watching on your behalf. Through AIACC intervention, this bill was defeated before it could negatively impact you or your firm. If you have any questions about legislation or suggestions for legislative remedies to improve the practice of architecture, please let me know.