Litigation partner LouCinda Laughlin makes presentations on Crawford v. Weather Shield, 44 Cal.4th 541

Litigation partner LouCinda Laughlin makes presentations on Crawford v. Weather Shield, 44 Cal.4th 541

05.29.2009

LouCinda Laughlin has spoken to clients of the firm and other insurance professionals regarding the California Supreme Court's decision in Crawford v. Weather Shield (2008) 44 Cal.4th 541.  The decision addressed the defense obligation owed by an indemnitor in the non-insurance context.  Specifically, the Court found that a material supplier that agreed to defend the builder in an indemnity provision in the construction contract owed the builder a defense immediately upon notice regardless of fault.  The decision impacts all express indemnity obligations and confirms that under California law, all express indemnity provisions include this defense obligation unless the obligation is negated, converted to a reimbursement obligated or altered in another manner.