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A supplier forgot to invoice their customer. 20 months later

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A supplier forgot to invoice their customer. 20 months later they remembered. Is the customer liable for the bill?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Nishan Parlakian replied 2 months ago.

Yes, the customer is still on the hook for the bill. In terms of contract law, the acceptance of the goods creates an agreement. The statute of limitations for a contract last anywhere from 3-6 years. Further a court would not allow the customer to skip paying for the goods if brought within the statute of limitations. The court would expect that in the normal course of business that the customer would ask for the bill or invoice if the goods were received. Although 20 months is not timely there is no legal reason, at law or in equity, for the invoice to not be valid. Conversely, the supplier could not charge interest or a late fee. But until the statute of limitations is done an invoice would still be valid. Best, Sean

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