Certificates Of Merit For NC Lawsuits Against Engineers And Architects? (Still No)(Law Note)

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In North Carolina, there is no requirement for any review prior to a lawsuit against an architect, engineer, or surveyor.

April 22, 2019
Melissa Dewey Brumback - Construction Law in North Carolina

Certificates of Merit are documents intended to show that a true issue exists with a professional’s work, prior to that person being sued. While North Carolina does require that a person suing a medical provider first have the matter reviewed by a professional (and attest to that in the Complaint), there is no requirement for any review prior to a lawsuit against an architect, engineer, or surveyor. Thus, anyone can file a lawsuit against an engineer/architect/surveyor without first having their case eyeballed reviewed by another professional.

Over the years, there have been attempts at adding a Certificate of Merit requirement to design professional lawsuits. See, for example, examples here: from 2005; from 2007; from 2011; and from 2013.

Ms. Brumback may be contacted at mbrumback@rl-law.com



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