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Drafty Subcontracts Expose GCs

April 11, 2017

The recent Oregon Supreme Court ruling in Yeatts v. Polygon Northwest Co. emphasizes the importance of carefully drafting subcontracts to limit general contractor liability under Oregon’s Employer Liability Law. The court found, in part, that a GC that retains a right to control safety in a subcontractor agreement—even if that right is minimal— opens itself up to liability under the Employer Liability Law.

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