October 27

Broad Expansion of Duty by Design Professionals: The Beacon Residential Case

Broad Expansion of Duty by Design Professionals: The Beacon Residential Case

In Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, a landmark decision, the California Supreme Court greatly expanded the scope of duty owed by design professionals to third party purchasers. The Supreme Court justices unanimously held that a principal architect of new residential construction can be held liable to the eventual purchasers of those residences, and their associations, for negligently prepared plans.