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A Tennessee court ruled that a church was responsible for damages to vehicles in an adjacent car lot.

Key point. A church may be liable for damages caused by an independent contractor exceptions. According to one exception, a church may be liable if, having been informed of a risk that the contractor has discovered, it requires the contractor to carry out its original orders or instructions.

* A Tennessee court ruled that a church was responsible for damages to vehicles in an adjacent car lot caused by "paint overspray" that occurred during a construction project. A church, acting as its own general contractor, began constructing a 9,000-square-foot general purpose building in back of its existing building. The church hired a painting subcontractor to paint the steel beams supporting the roof and instructed him to perform the work on a specified day.

The night before the painting was to begin, the painter called the church's construction supervisor to express his concern about the spray ...

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  • July 1, 2005

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