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Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law Amended, Clarifying Open-End Construction Loan Mortgage Priority

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed into law Act 117 of 2014, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], which amends the Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law (MLL), 49 P.S. 1101, et seq., [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], to provide that a construction loan...

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Did the 4th Circuit “Tarnish” Sustainable Construction in the CBF Case?

Recently, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “parallam” lawsuit, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. Since that unpublished ruling on procedural grounds, much discussion has ensued. One particularly interesting...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Only Original Purchasers May Recover Damages for Breach of the Builder’s Implied Warranty of Habitability

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], that a builder’s implied warranty of habitability extends only to the initial buyer of a home, and not to subsequent purchasers. In Conway v. The Cutler Group, Inc. , the Court reversed an earlier decision...

Does Pennsylvania Law Permit Contractors And Owners To Extend the Six-Month Filing Deadline By Agreement?

By Dylan B. Spadaccino It is not uncommon for a subcontractor, for example, to call his or her attorney regarding filing a lawsuit against the prime contractor, 13 months after the dispute arose, only to learn that buried deep within the 50 page, single spaced, 8-point font contract, lurks a clause...

Pennsylvania Amends Mechanics’ Lien Law to Create New Notice Procedures and Requirements

By James D. Miller, Esq. On October 14, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Act No. 142 (the “Act”), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], amending the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law, 49 P.S. 1101 et seq., [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers...

Why You Should Consider Mediation for your Construction Dispute (Most of the Time)

As any reader of Construction Law Musings is aware, I am a huge fan of mediation as a way to resolve construction disputes. I am such a fan that a few years ago I took the plunge and got certified as a mediator . Why then did I put the caveat in the title of this post? Given my true belief that mediation...

Just Because Your Construction Employee Was Supposed to Work Safely. . .

Here at Construction Law Musings, I’ve discussed the need to keep up with your safety program and stay out of the cross-hairs of the state and federal safety inspectors. The Virginia Court of Appeals gave a stark reminder of this fact in the case of Atlantic Environmental Construction Co. v...

Early Action on Your Construction Contract is Key

I bang the drum of early and frequent consultation with one of us construction attorneys on a regular basis here at Musings and in other places of the “blawgosphere.” Why do I do this? Doesn’t such consultation help to avoid the problems that seem to make those of us in the construction...

Site Selection in a Build-to-Suit Project: Should the Land and Developer Be Selected Separately or Together?

Site selection is a critical issue in build-to-suit (BTS) projects. There may be nothing more important to the success of a build-to-suit project than its location. Factors such as the strength of local labor markets, the quality of transportation infrastructure, and the proximity to suppliers, customers...

New Supplementary Rules for Fixed Time and Cost Construction Arbitration Have Been Developed by the American Arbitration Association

By Dylan B. Spadaccino, Esq. Arbitration has historically been the preferred method for resolving construction disputes in the United States, as many in the industry have (1) preferred the idea of having complex construction disputes decided by someone with construction-specific experience and...

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The Anatomy of a Construction Dispute- The Claim

A new year brings with it promise and challenges. The promise is a relatively clean slate and the thought that 2015 will be a great year for construction professionals and those that assist them. The challenges come from the almost inevitable issues that can arise on a construction site with its many...

No Written Change Orders

By Kevin Rust Most construction contracts have provisions that bar any payment for work outside the scope of the contract unless there is a written change order. All contractual provisions, at least in North Carolina, may be waived. Thus, even if your contract provides that no additional work will be...

2014 California Roundup of Mechanics Lien Decisions: Most Were Pro-Claimant, But Construction Lenders Did Well Too

By Mr. William Michael Hensley Get the latest expert analysis on California mechanics liens cases. This article covers recent cases and their practical implications. Excerpt: Effective on January 1, 2011 and then July 1, 2012, California overhauled the mechanics lien statutes in its most extensive...

Mechanic's Liens: Part 1.Technical Risks

By John Lockard , Partner, Vandeventer Black LLP Virginia law provides for a mechanic lien intended to insure payment to persons who supply labor or materials for construction projects. On first blush, the requirement is simple – to file the mechanic’s lien. But over the years judicial...

Mechanic's Liens: Part 2. Practical Risks

By John Lockard , Partner, Vandeventer Black LLP A mechanic’s lien is a powerful tool to secure payment for construction work. As discussed in the last article, however, there are technical requirements to prepare a mechanic’s lien. Heads Up Sprinkler lost its mechanic’s lien after...

Warranty Provisions Deserve Careful Consideration from Contractors

By Casaundra Maimone , Attorney, Vandeventer Black LLP It goes without saying that a contractor should carefully review all of the proposed terms and negotiate all of the final terms of a construction contract such that the provisions are best tailored to their role on the project. Nonetheless...

No Diagnosis, No "Damages": Wisconsin's Construction Statute of Repose in Asbestos Cases

How to apply Wisconsin’s construction statute of repose, Wis. Stat. § 893.89, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], in asbestos cases has recently been a hot topic dividing trial courts. The statute bars a broad category of claims if they are brought more than 10 years after...

Construction Law 2014: A Year in Review – RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER

Due to the weather for Thursday, March 5, 2015, Babst Calland’s Construction Law 2014: The Year in Review seminar has been rescheduled and will now be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we hope that you will be able to join us on this new...