Designer Exposed to Liability to Contractor for Negligent Misrepresentation

by Michael C. Loulakis, President, Chief Executive Officer; Capital Project Strategies, LLC, Reston, VA,,
Lauren P. McLaughlin, Attorney; Briglia McLaughlin, PLLC, Vienna, VA,,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2016, Vol. 86, Issue 7, Pg. 80

Document Type: Editorial

Abstract: A Pennsylvania appellate court has ruled that a third-party plaintiff need not pinpoint a misrepresentation in design documents to win a judgment against an architect or engineer for faulty designs. The ruling effectively nullifies the state’s protections afforded under the economic loss rule.

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