SB 474 (Evans; D-Santa Rosa) passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 3-2 vote and now heads for a Senate Floor Vote. The measure would eliminate a general contractor’s and property owner’s ability to seek indemnity and defense from subcontractors in non-residential construction.
The bill applies to all public and private construction other than residential construction subject to SB 800. It would apply to individual homeowners seeking to remodel their home and to state and local governments. In addition to property damage claims, it would apply to personal injury claims and the violation of any law.
We are part of a large coalition opposed to this measure, which would be a boon for lawsuits but would stymie projects of all types and further damage the commercial real estate industry in the worst downturn we have suffered.
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