Lanier at McEver, L.P. v. Planners and Engineers Collaborative, Inc.
2008 Ga. LEXIS 553 (Ga. June 30, 2008)
In this case, the Supreme Court of Georgia reversed a Court of Appeals’ decision, previously reported here, holding that a provision limiting an owner/developer’s damages against the project engineer to the fees paid for the engineer’s services was void and unenforceable as against public policy.
Lanier was the owner/developer of an apartment complex. Lanier hired the defendant engineering firm, PEC, to design various aspects of the apartment complex, including the storm sewer and sanitary drainage system. The engineering agreement contained a provision stating that the total aggregate liability of PEC and its subconsultants to Lanier “for any and all claims … shall not exceed PEC’s total fee for services rendered on this Project.” The clause applied not only to liability to Lanier, but also to “all construction contractors and subcontractors on the project or any third parties.” Following construction of the Project according to the plans and specifications prepared by PEC, problems arose with the storm water system that required modification and repair by the owner. As a result, Lanier sued PEC for negligent design, breach of express contractual warranty and litigation expenses. Continue reading “Georgia Supreme Court Holds Limitation of Damages Clause in Engineering Agreement to Be an Unenforceable Indemnity Provision”