Atlantic City Associates LLC v. Carter & Burgess Consultants, Inc.
2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93684 (D.N.J. Nov. 13, 2008)
The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey was asked to resolve the effect of liability limiting provisions on an architect’s indemnity obligations to an owner under a professional services agreement. Determining that the consequential damages provision and the indemnification provision contained in the agreement could be harmonized, the Court held that the architect would only be liable for indemnification of direct, and not consequential, damages. The Court held, however, that a damages cap contained in the architect’s proposal, which was made a part of the contract by incorporation, could not be harmonized with the indemnity clause, so that under the contract, the indemnity provision took precedence over the damages cap.