When a Plan Doesn’t Come Together: Revisiting Arizona’s Adoption of the Spearin Doctrine

fleaning-tower_edited-1The A-Team was one of my favorite TV shows when I was a kid.  As fans of the show know, Colonel Hannibal Smith’s signature line was, “I love it when a plan comes together.”  Unfortunately, as those in construction know, owner-furnished plans and specifications do not always “come together.”  In other words, they can be defective.  In these situations, a contractor’s mere adherence to the plans and specifications can lead to an unsatisfactory project outcome.  The Arizona Supreme Court first addressed this issue in Kubby v. Crescent Steel, 105 Ariz. 459, 466 P.2d 753 (1970), where it adopted what is commonly known as the Spearin Doctrine. read more