What To Do When the Suit is Served

by Eugene B. Waggoner, (F.ASCE), Consultant; San Jose, Calif.,
John P. Bachner, Executive Secretary; Assoc. of Soil and Foundation Engrs., Silver Spring, Md.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 4, Pg. 63-64

Document Type: Feature article


The way in which principals of a design professional firm respond to a law suit alleging liability has great bearing on the way in which the suit progresses and on its effect on the firm. For this reason, it is imperative that, when served with a suit, design professionals do not act in an emotional manner. They must calmly and rationally review all aspects of the allegations, review pertinent files and related materials, and then pursue with competent legal assistance the various approaches available for resolution of the matter. Because each firm and each case is unique, a variety of different goals and strategies to achieve them are presented for readers'? consideration.

Subject Headings: Architect/Engineers | Laws | Litigation | Liability | Human factors

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