Tag: real estate

Washington Supreme Court Breaks New Ground with Independent Duty Doctrine

Donatelli v. D.R. Strong Consulting Engineers, Inc. [Wash. Sup. Ct. No. 86590-6] A five justice majority in this case continued to develop the “independent duty doctrine” in Washington. That doctrine has superseded the “economic loss rule,” which previously limited recovery of economic damages to contract claims and recovery of non-economic damages to tort claims. According … Continue Reading

Appellate Update: Austin v. Ettl, et al. [Wash. App. No. 42256-5-II]

Austin executed a real estate purchase and sale agreement for the purchase of the Ettls’ property. On the day of closing, the Ettls provided Austin with a real property transfer disclosure statement (Form 17), which disclosed two proposed local improvement districts. The Ettls’ statement did not disclose these districts’ potential costs. Austin did not seek … Continue Reading
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