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What's Up With AIA Contract Documents?

 Steven W. Weeks  

(513) 357-9307 


For years, AIA has been touting the development of its new version of Contract Documents software that would run in "The Cloud," which everyone knows from the ubiquitous television commercials is just the current buzzword for Internet-based software. This software development was potentially motivated (at least in part) by competitor ConsensusDocs, which has had a web-based platform for a while. An online version of AIA software could provide major advantages, such as the ability to access documents from anywhere and through the use of just a browser, with no special software installation needed, and Mac compatibility. AIA has also promised some nice new features. So we have been waiting - and we are still waiting. While AIA "launched" the new ACD5 product earlier this year, it is not available for sign up "due to overwhelming demand." 


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Navigating the Illinois Anti-Indemnity Statute and Case Law

Jinyoung (Jenny) Shin  

(312) 836-4049


Construction is a risky proposition. Injury to workers and property loss are significant risks. Accordingly, parties to a construction project often attempt to shift these risks using indemnification provisions. In Illinois, the Construction Contract Indemnification for Negligence Act, 740 ILCS 35/0.01, et seq. (the "Act"), prohibits contract language that indemnifies a party for that party's own negligence. The courts have narrowly interpreted this statutory restriction and have carved out certain exceptions. This article provides an overview of case law interpreting indemnity provisions under the Act regarding owner and higher-tier contractors' attempts to maximize indemnification from lower tiers. 


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October 2014 Issue
What's Up With AIA Contract Documents?
Navigating the Illinois Anti-Indemnity Statute and Case Law

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