#61 - Case History - Don't lie to yourself about the risk of small projects


February 9th, 2021

31 mins 33 secs

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About this Episode

GBA Case History Series – Case History #61 - Don't lie to yourself about the risk of small projects


GBA has published over 100 case histories based on real-life events that have happened to geoprofessional firms. This episode in the series explores Case History #61, which stems from an environmental site assessment conducted as part of a property transfer, and that highlights the importance of strong contract language, report limitations, diligent information gathering, professional liability insurance, adequate training, and much more.

Our Guest

S. Andrew K. Batson, Esq., Corporate Counsel and Compliance Manager / Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. [Link to Profile]

Topics for discussion include:

  • What are the technical concepts presented in this episode? [min. 2:00]
  • What is the project background? [min. 4:13]
  • What eventually went wrong that led to a lawsuit? [min. 6:40]
  • How did the firm’s professional liability insurance play into this case? [min. 10:00]
  • How did report limitations play an important role? [min. 13:59], [min. 19:02]
  • What is the difference between standard of care and duty of care? [min. 14:50]
  • What are some key lessons learned from this case history? [min. 20:47]



This episode was produced by the following GBA Members: