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SB-1077 Construction contracts: wrap-up insurance and indemnification. (2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/16/2018 12:40 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 16, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1077


Introduced by Senator Wilk

February 12, 2018


An act to repeal Sections 2782.95 and 2782.96 of, and to repeal and add Section 2782.9 of, the Civil Code, relating to construction contracts.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1077, as amended, Wilk. Construction contracts: wrap-up insurance and indemnification.
Existing law regulates the use of wrap-up insurance or other consolidated insurance programs in connection with specified construction projects. Existing law distinguishes, in this regard, between residential construction projects, private residential works of improvement, as specified, and public works and other projects that are not residential, as specified. In this regard, among other things, for residential construction to which wrap-up insurance or another consolidated insurance program is applicable, existing law declares unenforceable a provision requiring a subcontractor who is enrolled and participating in the insurance to indemnify, hold harmless, or defend another for a claim or action covered by the insurance program. Existing law makes any waiver of these provisions void. Existing law permits a party to pursue an equitable indemnity claim in this context, subject to certain conditions, if these indemnification provisions have been deemed unenforceable. Existing law, with regard to a private residential work of improvement and public works, as specified, requires an owner, builder, or general contractor who obtains wrap-up or other insurance to make specified disclosures regarding calculations of its cost and the premiums to be required from a subcontractor or other participant and, in the case of private residential works of improvement, that specified estimates are presumptively in good faith. Existing law requires a copy of the insurance policy to be provided to a subcontractor or other participant under certain circumstances. Existing law, with respect to construction contracts entered into on and after January 1, 2013, voids certain insure and indemnify provisions, subject to a variety of exceptions that are reserved to the agreement of the parties.
This bill would recast the wrap-up insurance or other consolidated insurance program requirements, described above, into a single provision regulating all contracts for public and private works of improvement, entered into or amended on and after January 1, 2019, for which a wrap-up insurance policy or consolidated insurance program is applicable. The bill would provide that certain disclosures be provided in bid documents rather than contract documents. The bill would provide that, notwithstanding any other law, any waiver of its provisions is contrary to public policy and void.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 2782.9 of the Civil Code is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 2782.9 is added to the Civil Code, to read:

2782.9.
 This section shall apply to a contract or subcontract for a public or private work of improvement, including, but not limited to, residential construction, entered into or amended on and after January 1, 2019, to which a wrap-up insurance policy, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 11751.82 of the Insurance Code, or other consolidated insurance program, is applicable.
(a) The owner, builder, or general contractor obtaining the wrap-up insurance policy or other consolidated insurance program shall disclose the total amount or method of calculation of any credit or compensation for premium required from a subcontractor or other participant for that wrap-up policy in the contract bid documents.
(b) (1) The contract documents shall disclose, if and to the extent known:
(A) The policy limits.
(B) The scope of policy coverage. coverage, including, but not limited to, inclusions, exclusions, and exceptions to exclusions.
(C) The policy term.
(D) The basis upon which the deductible or occurrence is triggered by the insurance carrier.
(E) If the policy covers more than one work of improvement, the number of units, if any, indicated on the application for the insurance policy.
(F) A good faith estimate of the amount of available limits remaining under the policy as of a date indicated in the disclosure obtained from the insurer.
(2) Disclosures made pursuant to subparagraphs (E) and (F) are recognized to be based upon information at a given moment in time and may not accurately reflect the actual number of units covered by the policy nor the amount of insurance available, if any, when a later claim is made. These disclosures are presumptively made in good faith if the disclosure pursuant to subparagraph (E) is the same as that contained in the application to the wrap-up insurer and the disclosure pursuant to subparagraph (F) was obtained from the wrap-up insurer or broker. The presumptions stated above shall be overcome only by a showing that the insurer, broker, builder, or general contractor intentionally misrepresented the facts identified in subparagraph (E) or (F).
(c) Upon the written request of any participant, a copy of the insurance policy shall be provided, if available, that shows the coverage terms and items in subparagraphs (A) to (D), inclusive, of paragraph (1) of subdivision (b). If the policy is not available at the time of the request, a copy of the insurance binder or declaration of coverage may be provided in lieu of the actual policy. Subparagraphs (A) to (D), inclusive, of paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) may be satisfied by providing the participant with a copy of the binder or declaration. Any party receiving a copy of the policy, binder, or declaration shall not disclose it to third parties other than the participant’s insurance broker or attorney unless required to do so by law. The participant’s insurance broker or attorney may not disclose the policy, binder, or declaration to any third party unless required to do so by law.
(d) If the owner, builder, or general contractor obtaining the wrap-up insurance policy or other consolidated insurance program does not disclose the total amount or method of calculation of the premium credit or compensation to be charged to the participant prior to the time the participant submits its bid, the participant shall not be legally bound by the bid unless that participant has the right to increase the bid up to the amount equal to the difference between the amount the participant included, if any, for insurance in the original bid and the amount of the actual bid credit required by the owner, builder, or general contractor obtaining the wrap-up insurance policy or other consolidated insurance program. This subdivision shall not apply if the owner, builder, or general contractor obtaining the wrap-up insurance policy or other consolidated insurance program did not require the subcontractor to offset the original bid amount with a deduction for the wrap-up insurance policy or program.
(e) Notwithstanding Section 2782.05 or any other law, any provision of a wrap-up insurance policy or other consolidated insurance program that requires a subcontractor who is enrolled and participating, or any other participant, to indemnify, hold harmless, or defend another for any claim or action covered by the policy or program arising out of the construction project is void and unenforceable.
(f) To the extent any contractual provision is deemed unenforceable pursuant to this section, any party may pursue an equitable indemnity claim against another party for a claim or action unless there is coverage for the claim or action under the wrap-up policy or policies. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a builder or general contractor from requiring a reasonably allocated contribution from a subcontractor or other participant to the self-insured retention or deductible required under the wrap-up policy or other consolidated insurance program, if the maximum amount and method of collection of the participant’s contribution is disclosed in the contract with bid documents provided to the participant and the contribution is reasonably limited so that each participant may have some financial obligation in the event of a claim alleged to be caused by that participant’s scope of work. The contribution shall only be collected when and as the self-insured retention or deductible is incurred by the builder or general contractor and in an amount that bears a reasonable and proportionate relationship to the alleged liability arising from the claim or claims alleged to be caused by the participant’s scope of work, when viewed in the context of the entirety of the alleged claim or claims. Any contribution shall only be collected from a participant after written notice to the participant of the amount of and basis for the contribution. In no event shall the total amount of contributions collected from participants exceed the amount of any self-insured retention or deductible due and payable by the builder or general contractor for the claim or claims. However, this requirement does not prohibit any legally permissible recovery of costs and legal fees to collect a participant’s contribution if the contribution satisfies the requirements of this subdivision and is not paid by the participant when due.
(g) Any waiver of the provisions of this section is contrary to public policy and void.

SEC. 3.

 Section 2782.95 of the Civil Code is repealed.

SEC. 4.

 Section 2782.96 of the Civil Code is repealed.