Our WH Coltzer International (WHCI) brand is dedicated to forensic architecture and the resultant dispute resolution that frequently follows the forensic process. As part of the dispute resolution process, we are often required to prepare certificates of merit (COM) against architects and engineers so that the plaintiffs can pursue relief from those parties via the legal system. A plaintiff cannot bring suit against an architect or engineer without a COM, so it is a necessary evil related to forensic architecture.
Recently, the Court of Appeals of the First District Court of Texas issued a judgment that, once again, dismissed arguments by two architecture companies and one engineering company that certificates of merit filed by Bill Coltzer, Jr., AIA, and Jeff Bishop, PE, were inadequate to support the claims against them. This was a huge victory for our clients and likely the basis for case law moving forward. We take certificates of merit very seriously at WHCI, and it was great to get this validation from the court on our efforts. Thanks to Tony Brown and John Drewry of the Galveston-based law firm of McLeod, Alexander Powell, and Apffel (MAPA) for their faith in our firm on this matter. If you are interested in more information, it is case No. 01-1900965-CV and can be found online. An article on law360.com titled “Architects Can’t Ditch Suit Over $44M Projects Design Defects” also summarizes the ruling.
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