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1.24.2007

Washington Supreme Court Overturns the Completion and Acceptance Rule

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Is a contractor always potentially liable for negligent work on a construction project? Under the completion and acceptance doctrine — long recognized by Washington courts — the answer was no. Once the contractor completed work and that work was accepted by the property owner, the contractor could no longer be liable for injury to third parties.
Last week, the Washington Supreme Court rejected the completion and acceptance rule in Davis v. Baugh Industrial Contractors, Inc. View full article (PDF).