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ASCA: Better Contracts, Less Lawsuits

In an effort to reduce the number of lawsuits brought against snow and ice management contractors, ASCA, a national trade association for this industry, has released template-style contracts to their members.

The Accredited Snow Contractors Association has announced their collaboration with attorney Josh Ferguson, an attorney with Philadelphia-based Kent/McBride P.C. This new partnership will make template-style contracts available to ASCA members that will protect snow and ice management contractors before and during litigation.

In recent years many snow contractors have been victim to lawsuits due to poor contract language - as this issue resonated throughout the industry ASCA took action by seeking out an attorney to protect its members. In addition to the template contracts, alternative scope of work and indemnification language will be provided.

Attorney Ferguson works primarily in the areas of commercial premises, motor vehicle, contract, and construction defect litigation, and has litigated cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has also been retained as general counsel for a wide variety of businesses, including but not limited to those in the snow removal and landscaping industries. As a result of his experience he has created thorough contracts that will help protect businesses and also potentially reduce insurance premiums.

The new standard contract or sub-contract is available for $500, or both contracts are available for $750. As these contracts are templates it is recommended that contractors have all contracts reviewed by their attorneys to ensure compliance with state and local laws and ordinances.

"Frivolous slip-and-fall claims have led to not only skyrocketing insurance costs, but has forced insurance providers from the market, all of which negatively impacts the ability of snow and ice management contractors to provide a vital winter service," he says. "Strengthening winter service contracts with accurate and appropriate language is just another weapon our industry has to fight these often bogus claims."

Ferguson's general counsel services will be offered to ASCA members at $150/hour, a significant rate reduction. For more information about ASCA, please visit

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