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9th Circ. Says Ore. County Can’t Collect $2.3M Defect Award

Law360 (July 20, 2018, 8:31 PM EDT) -- An Oregon county can’t sue a subcontractor’s insurers to help pay for a damaged bridge, the Ninth Circuit affirmed Friday, finding that the insurance arrangement spelled out in the subcontractor’s work agreement is strictly verboten under Beaver State law.

In Friday’s unpublished decision a three-judge panel, which included U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff sitting by designation, affirmed, saying that a situation that would have required subcontractor ZellComp Inc.'s insurers to indemnify another subcontractor for its own negligence is exactly what the Oregon statute in question...
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