Legal aspects of a landslide case

Timothy D. Stark, Gregory De La Pena, Erik J. Newman

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This case history illustrates some of the legal issues encountered in a landslide case including conveying complex and technical causation information to a jury, the possibility for jury confusion, the liability associated with taking over a project from another geotechnical engineer, and the conflicts of interest when defending your own geotechnical design. This case history also discusses some of the ramifications of fill placement on natural slopes surrounded by urban development such as, the importance of stress distribution analyses for determining the depth of influence of surface activities and the potential for overstressing weak materials below the depth of the subsurface investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1945-1954
Number of pages10
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number130-142
StatePublished - 2005
EventGeo-Frontiers 2005 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2005Jan 26 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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