The economic loss doctrine has prevented countless plaintiffs from recovering their economic losses in tort. However, over the last several decades, numerous courts have found exceptions to this doctrine. Alaska currently provides two important exceptions: the independent duty exception and the design professional exception. These two exceptions as applied provide for inconsistent results which create liability for design professionals and cut off liability for non-design professionals. Providing the same approach and analysis for all professionals creates greater consistency and predictability and provides an opportunity for design professionals to limit their exposure to negligence claims.
Ashley K. Sundquist,
The Economic Loss Doctrine in Alaska and the Design Professional Exception,
34 Alaska Law Review
Available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/alr/vol34/iss1/4