Volume 43, Issue 3 - March 2008

Legislation & Legal

Bill to Prohibit Additional 
Insureds Passes Kansas Senate

The Kansas Senate has passed Senate Bill 379, which prohibits additional insured clauses in a subcontractor’s contract. 

The bill amends K.S.A. 2006 Supp. 16-121 to read: 

“A provision in a construction contract which requires a party to provide liability coverage to another party, as an additional insured, for such other party’s own negligence or intentional acts or omissions is against public policy and is void and unenforceable.”

“It’s very important for subcontractors to only be responsible for the things they are responsible for,” says Bill Miller, government relations chairperson for the American Subcontractors Association’s Kansas chapter. “The additional insureds provision makes the subcontractor responsible for the negligence of [others]. We think our insurance rates are high enough we should only pay for the things we do.” 

Westshore Glass Files for Bankruptcy 
Westshore Glass Corp. in Tampa, Fla., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 30 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Florida, according to court documents. Court documents list the company’s assets at $10.2 million, with total liabilities of $14.9 million.

Westshore began operation in 1954 producing jalousie glass louvers.

Neither the company nor its attorney could be reached for comment by USGlass. This is not the first time the company has faced troubles. In January 2006, the company closed temporarily due to what it described as a “catastrophic” fire. 

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