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In Any Construction Lawsuit, Be Sure to Name the Right People

The title of this post may seem obvious. Of course you need to name the right people. “Why even write about this?” you may ask yourself. The answer to this question is that the list of all of the parties necessary to a successful lawsuit may not be so obvious. One example is the case of...

Some Construction Contract Basics- Necessities and Pitfalls

Recently, I’ve been on an “advising” kick here at Construction Law Musings. My last two posts have been about communication and trusting your gut when it comes to a smooth construction project. This post will be the third in the trilogy (and who knows maybe I’ll have a 4th and...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Unanimously Holds That Union Members Are Not Subcontractors for Purposes of Pa. Mechanics' Lien Law

On April 17, 2014, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision eagerly awaited by owners, developers, contractors and others involved in the construction industry. Interpreting Pennsylvania's Mechanics' Lien Law of 1963 (the "Act"), the state Supreme Court unanimously held...

PA Supreme Court Reverses Bricklayers Mechanics’ Lien Case

On April 17, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], issued its long-awaited decision in Bricklayers of Western Pennsylvania Combined Funds v. Scott’s Development Co. , and reversed the Superior Court decision which held that a union trust...

Pennsylvania Court Determines if Union Trustees Have Standing to File Mechanic’s Lien

By Martin J. Saunders, Of Counsel. Pennsylvania, like many states, has a mechanic’s lien statute to ensure that contractors and subcontractors who make improvement to property will be paid for the labor and materials they furnish in the erection, construction, alteration or repair of property...

Construction Claims- Who Do You Sue?

So, here you are, a general contractor, subcontractor or supplier and you haven’t been paid. You know you should be paid and are at the end of your rope after what seem like hundreds of demands by phone and e-mail. You’re ready to file a claim and try and get paid. Simple enough, right? Not...

The Nuts and Bolts of a Payment Bond Claim in VA

After a week off from posting, much of it dealing with payment bond claims , I am back with a basic, but necessary refresher on these claims. A payment bond on a construction project (whether private or public) gives an unpaid subcontractor or supplier another collection option outside of a breach of...

Think Twice About Heading to Court with a Construction Claim

Here at Construction Law Musings , I have discussed many areas of the law relating to construction claims. Most of this discussion has focuses on the claim itself, whether made by breach of contract lawsuit, payment bond claim or mechanic’s lien . The latter two of these types of claims can and...

Reminder: Know Your Contractor Licensing Rules

In the course of my construction law practice , I have the pleasure of speaking with and talking to contractors and subcontractors that are based in Virginia and also based in other states. With the more nationalized construction landscape due to the constricted construction economy, I have more and...

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...

Pennsylvania Amends Mechanics’ Lien Law to Protect Home Owners from Double Jeopardy and Clarify Priority Given to Open Ended Mortgages

By Marc J. Felezzola On July 9, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law legislation amending Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 (the current Mechanics’ Lien Law in Pennsylvania). The stated primary purpose of the amendments is to protect homeowners who pay the prime contractor...