Category Archives: Bilt-Rite

Pennsylvania Supremes Nix Certificate of Merit for “Non-Client” Malpractice Claims

Pennsylvania Supremes Nix Certificate of Merit for “Non-Client” Malpractice Claims

This month the Pennsylvania Supreme Court confirmed that tort claims against design professionals brought by third parties, or “non-clients,” need not be vetted and confirmed pre-litigation by a peer professional review, as would be the case if the claims were brought by a client of the designer. In  Bruno v. Erie Ins. Co., 2014 Pa.

Expansion of Architect Liability to Remote Purchasers

Expansion of Architect Liability to Remote Purchasers

A case from the highest authority on the left coast has many architects and engineers scrambling to find coverage for potentially calamitous professional liability claims never before anticipated. The California Supreme Court recently found that a principal architect owes a duty of care to subsequent condominium purchasers in Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings

Bilt-Rite not Extended to Code Inspector

Bilt-Rite not Extended to Code Inspector

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania declined to extend the narrow exception to the Economic Loss Doctrine contained in the Restatement (Second) of Torts and adopted in Bilt-Rite Contractors, Inc.  v. The Architectural Studio, 866 A.2d 270 (2005).  On October 19, 2012 the Court issued an unpublished opinion captioned Baker v. Reese Bros. & Knierem, Constr.,