Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering and the Construction Process / Edition 9

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The primary focus of this text is to provide a bridge for students between the academic world and the real world. This bridge is built through an understanding of what is law, how law is created, how law affects almost every activity of human conduct, and how legal institutions operate. Intended mainly for architectural and engineering students, but increasingly for those in business schools and law schools, this text features a clear, concise, and jargon-free presentation. It probes beneath the surface of legal rules and uncovers why these rules developed as they did, outlines arguments for and against these rules, and examines how they work in practice. Updated with the most recent developments in the legal aspects of architectural, engineering, and the construction processes, this text is also a valuable reference for practitioners and has been cited in over twenty-five court decisions.
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"One should start by saying that this book has attained the status as the "gold standard" of books on construction law. It is, perhaps, the most widely used college text on the subject and is one of the most widely used reference works for construction industry professionals…. The book should be a highly valued part of every construction professional's library."

"This book's annotated cases are its strongest feature. They are excellent and provide outstanding explanations of the case, the participants, the court and the evidence. They are outstanding."

Provides a bridge for architecture and engineering students between the academic world and the real world, offering an understanding of how and why law and legal institutions operate and the relevance of legal documents and policies to architecture and engineering. Coverage includes contracts and their formation, the tort system, contractor licensing, professional design services, liability, compensation, intellectual property, and competitive bidding. Includes chapter problems, and appendices of sample contracts. This edition contains features targeted to law students and attorneys, and is updated to reflect the latest documents from the American Institute of Architects and the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111578718
  • Publisher: CL Engineering
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 976
  • Sales rank: 919,375
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Justin Sweet is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law, Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. Born and raised in Wisconsin, he attended the University of Wisconsin, where he received a B.A., phi beta kappa, in literature in 1951 and an LL.B. in 1953. He was note editor for the "Law Review" and Order of the Coif. After serving on the staff of the attorney general of Wisconsin, he was in the Judge-Advocate General's Corps and later practiced in Milwaukee. He joined the Boalt faculty in 1958, where he taught Contracts, Construction Law, and Insurance until the early 1990s. Sweet was a visiting professor at the University of Rome (as a Fulbright Lecturer), Hebrew University, University of Leuven in Belgium, Osgoode Hall in Canada, Tel-Aviv University, and the University of Fribourg. He has written articles in many legal journals, many of which were collected in Sweet, Anthology of Construction Law Writings by the American Bar Association in 2010. He also wrote Sweet on Construction Law for the American Bar Association in 1997. Beginning in 2010, he has been writing on historic cases in each issue of the Journal of Legal Affairs & Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. He was the co-founder and director of the International Construction Conference. It met in Fribourg, Switzerland, Berkeley, California and Washington D.C.

For nearly thirty years, Marc M. Schneier has been the Editor of Construction Litigation Reporter, a national reporter analyzing legal developments in the construction industry, which is published by Thomson Reuters/West. He was an Adjunct Professor of Construction Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, has published numerous articles in various legal journals, and provides consulting services. His first book was CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAW: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO LEGAL LIABILITY AND INSURANCE CLAIMS, published by the American Bar Association in 1999. His most recent book is LEGAL ASPECTS OF ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING AND THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS, 8th edition, co-authored by Justin Sweet and published in 2009 by Cengage Learning. Marc earned his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley in 1978. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Davis (King Hall) in 1981 and was awarded the Bureau of National Affairs Award for academic performance. He practiced law in San Francisco prior to being hired as Editor of Construction Litigation Reporter.

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Table of Contents

PART A: LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROCESS. 1. Sources Of Law: Varied And Dynamic. 2. The American Judicial System: A Forum For Dispute Resolution. 3. Forms Of Business Association: Organizing To Accomplish Objectives. 4. Agency And Employment. 5. Contracts: From Formation To Breach. 6. Torts: Legal Relations Not Arising From Contract. 7. Restrictions On Ownership: Land Use Controls And Environmental Law. PART B: THE MAIN ACTORS: THE PRIME CONTRACTOR AND DESIGN PROFESSIONAL. 8. Introduction To The Construction Process: Focus On The Prime Contractor And Regulatory Framework. 9. Licensing Of The Design Professional And Contractor. 10. The Design Professional - Client Relationship. 11. Design Professional Liability. 12. Defenses To Claims Of Design Professional Liability. 13. Intellectual Property: Ideas, Copyrights, Patents And Trade Secrets. PART C: PROJECT DELIVERY METHODS. 14. Project Delivery Variations. 15. Public Contracts. PART D: PERFORMANCE DISPUTES: FROM DESIGN TO TERMINATION. 16. Performance Disputes Overview: Claims And Defenses To Liability For The Owner And Prime Contractor. 17. Construction Contracts And Rules Of Contract Interpretation. 18. Changes: Complex Construction Centerpiece. 19. Payment: Money Flow As Lifeline. 20. Subsurface Problems: Predictable Uncertainty. 21. Time: Project Scheduling And Delay Claims. 22. Dispute Remedies: Damages. 23. The Subcontracting Process: An "Achilles Heel". 24. Terminating A Construction Contract: Sometimes Necessary But Always Costly. PART F: RISK MANAGEMENT AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION. 25. Risk Management: Indemnity And Insurance. 26. Risk Management: Surety Bonds Backstopping Contractors. 27. Dispute Resolution Outside Of Litigation: Contractual Claims Process, Arbitration And Other Dispute Resolution Methods. Appendices.
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