On July 1, 2019 Senate Bill 230 becomes law giving important new protections for architects, engineers and other design professionals (DPs). The DPs “duty to defend” their clients becomes null and void for contracts entered into after July 1st. This duty was uninsurable and exposed DPs to significant costs during litigation, prior to any finding of negligence. Also on July 1st, indemnification between parties to construction contracts is reconfirmed, reversing a prior Court ruling.
Greg Cafouros, Chair of KGR’s construction law practice group, assisted the American Council of Engineering Companies in shepherding this new law through the Indiana Legislature. Greg is standing third from left at the bill signing ceremony with Governor Holcomb, with Rep. Jerry Torr and Sen. Mark Messmer.