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Seventh Circuit Says Violations of Wisconsin’s Theft-by-Contractor Statute Are Not Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Code prevents an individual debtor from discharging certain debts, including, upon request of the creditor, debts for “fraud or defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity.” 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(4). The...more

Illinois Court Holds that Engineering Plat Did Not Improve Land, Rendering Mechanics Lien Invalid

The Illinois Appellate Court invalidated an engineering firm’s mechanics lien for platting of undeveloped land performed as due diligence before a sale, because the services provided by the firm did not increase or improve...more

Nevada Supreme Court Addresses Private Sale Through Receivership

In U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Palmilla Development, Co., Inc., the Nevada Supreme Court recently confirmed that a receiver’s sale is a form of foreclosure sale that triggers a secured party’s right to a deficiency judgment. This...more

Construction Contracts: Nothing Beats a Meeting of the Minds

Waldschmidt v. Singletary Construction LLC (In re Tackett), 516 B.R. 498 (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2014) – A bankruptcy trustee sought turnover of profits from the sale of homes constructed by a contractor. The trustee...more

Equitable Subordination: Construction Lenders Beware

Atlantic Builders Group, Inc. v. Old Line Bank (In re Prince Frederick Inv., LLC), 516 B.R. 778 (Bankr. D. Md. 2014) – A construction contractor contended that the claim of the debtor’s construction lender should be...more

Bankruptcy by the Developer/Owner: Mechanics Lien Rights May Still Prevail!

The rate of bankruptcies among construction industry participants is higher than some think. The bankruptcy of a developer creates an “automatic stay” under federal law preventing almost all collection activities, including...more

When Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy

The case is Branch Banking & Trust Co. v. Construction Supervision Services Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014). After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its...more

Subcontractors Can Still Perfect Mechanic’s Liens After Prime Contractors File Bankruptcy

One of the most common and effective ways for a subcontractor to secure a payment claim is to file a lien. Assuming any applicable, pre-lien notice requirements are satisfied, an unpaid subcontractor can lien a private...more

Subcontractor Claims: What Can You Do Once Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy?

Branch Banking & Trust Co. v Construction Supervision Services, Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services, Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014) – After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Mechanic and Materialman Lien Issues

On August 7, 2014, the Nevada Supreme Court issued two opinions dealing with the priority of mechanics’ liens and the proof required for a materialman to establish a lien. These cases provide valuable guidance to lenders,...more

Fourth Circuit Clarifies that Bankruptcy Proceedings Need Not Defeat Your Unperfected Mechanics Lien

The statutory mechanics lien is a powerful tool for contractors and suppliers aggrieved by an owner or prime contractor who fails or refuses to pay. Before a mechanics lien may be enforced, the Code of Virginia mandates that...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Who Pays When the General Contractor Goes Bust

Today, as we await the start of the Court’s November term, we begin our first look previews at the most recent additions to the Court’s civil docket. First up is Lake County Grading Company, LLC v. The Village of Antioch, a...more

Mississippi District Court Defers to New York Court in Bond Action

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi denied the motion of defendant ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation (ACA) to dismiss a class action complaint, finding that the issues were previously...more

Your Last Resort: The Unpaid Account

A suit on an unpaid account against your customer will likely entitle you to the principal balance plus interest and attorney fees. But a suit on an unpaid account is only as good as your customer’s ability to satisfy the...more

Bankruptcy Court Delivers Next Chapter In Developing Law Regarding Post-Petition Lien Perfection By Subcontractors

In a prior alert (Subcontractors and Suppliers Win Support for Lien Perfection During North Carolina Bankruptcies) we told you about the order from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina...more

Subcontractors Take Note - Appellate Division Confirms That Construction Lender Has No Duty To Subcontractor Absent Express...

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently ruled in Vollers Excavating and Construction, Inc. v. Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Docket No. A-3844-10T1 (March 5, 2012), that a construction lender has no obligation to pay an...more

Subcontractors and Suppliers Win Support for Lien Perfection During North Carolina Bankruptcies

By order issued on February 23, 2012, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina vacated the bankruptcy court’s decision in In re Mammoth Grading, Inc. This decision and the companion decision...more

Involuntary Bankruptcy as a Collection Tool

Although the tactic does not receive much publicity, the filing of an involuntary bankruptcy petition against a business debtor can be an effective collection tool under the right circumstances. Learn the requirements and...more

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