Spearin Doctrine 100 Years Old and Still Thriving in the Design-Build Delivery World

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The Spearin doctrine is a landmark construction decision.

January 9, 2019
John P. Ahlers - Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC

The Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Spearin, [1] also referred to as the Spearin doctrine, is a landmark construction decision.[2] The Spearin doctrine provides that the Owner impliedly warrants the information, plans and specifications which an Owner provides to a General Contractor. If a Contractor is bound to build according to plans and specifications prepared by the Owner, the Contractor will not be responsible for the consequences of defects in the plans and specifications.

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