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Understanding the 4 “P’s” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)

To get a P3 proposal to the starting line, public officials need to make sure that there is clarity and agreement on basic issues and priorities - Aging and inadequate infrastructure, required upgrades and scarce...more

Sound Bites from Infocast Wind Finance 2015

The Infocast Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit 2015 was held from February 10 to 12 in San Diego. Below are selected sound bites regarding the tax equity market and other finance related matters....more

Surety Bonds: Direct Claims v Derivative Claims – Who Knew?

New Bern Riverfront Dev., LLC v Weaver Cooke Constr., LLC (In re New Bern Riverfront Dev. LLC), 521 B.R. 718 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. 2014) – The debtor made claims against a surety that issued a performance bond in connection with a...more

Letters Of Intent In Construction Project Negotiations, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about letters of intent and their use in negotiating the terms of construction projects. As we noted, letters of intent are not contracts, but courts do sometimes enforce them as binding,...more

Letters Of Intent In Construction Project Negotiations

Anyone who works in the construction industry knows how important it is for everybody to have the same understanding about the terms of a project, including the materials needed, deadlines to be met, and the procedure for...more

First Reg A Issuer to Complete State Review Process Would Do It Again

This Growth Capital Investor article references Smith Anderson attorneys Benji Jones and Merrill Mason. A company that focuses on micro-lending for independent builders in real estate is now the first Reg A issuer to...more

The Status of Lien Waivers in Utah Remains Cloudy

On December 19, 2014, the Utah Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lane Myers Construction, LLC v. National City Bank, et al. 2014 UT 58 (UT 2014). In this case, a total of nine Utah jurists considered the question of whether...more

Oil and Gas Restructurings: Exploration and Production Companies Face Unique Issues

The recent drop in oil prices will likely spur a flurry of industry restructurings, governed by a complex set of bankruptcy and state laws. Introduction - At the close of business on December 31, 2014, the...more

Guarantor Waivers Narrowed

A general waiver by a guarantor of “all defenses” does not actually waive “all defenses.” California Bank & Trust v. Del Ponti, — Cal.Rptr.3d —, 2014 WL 6908141 (Cal.App. 4 Dist.). That was the holding in a recent opinion...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

Guarantors of a Construction Loan were Exonerated From Liability by a Bank's Misconduct Under the Loan Agreement, Notwithstanding...

California Bank & Trust's predecessor bank ("Bank") granted a $22.5 million construction loan to Five Corners Rialto, LLC ("Five Corners") to develop a 70-unit townhome project in two phases. Two principals of Five Corners...more

What’s in that Contract Again? Reflections on the Recent Recession

During and immediately after the most recent recession, construction litigation seemed to hit an apex. New pre-litigation matters to resolve monetary disputes from recession-era construction projects continue to keep many...more

N.C. Court of Appeals: Limitations Period Does Not Apply to Local Government Enforcement of Subdivision Performance Bonds

A post-Great Recession treat, the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed today a ruling that the Town of Black Mountain is entitled to enforce subdivision performance bonds originally in the name of Buncombe County, after...more

General Contractors Beware of Subordination Clauses

In California, a general contractor can usually rest assured that in the event of nonpayment, it can rely upon the remedy of a mechanics lien, which remedy is, in fact, even a constitutional right....more

General Contractor’s Prospective Waiver of its Lien Rights is Enforceable in California

In an opinion published in September 2014, entitled Moorefield Construction, Inc. v. Intervest Mortgage Investment Company, et al., D065464, the California Court of Appeal held an original contractor can contractually waive...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 28, DBRS released its general corporate methodology. On November 28, DBRS released its methodology for rating companies in the gaming industry. On November 26, DBRS released its methodology for rating Canadian...more

A Cautionary Tale for General Contractors

Construction lenders often go to great lengths to ensure their deeds of trust have priority over mechanic’s liens. Typically, as part of the construction loan process, general contractors are asked to sign documents...more

Continued boom or bust for Japanese renewables?

When Japan instituted the Renewable Energy Act (REA) in 2012, the stated policy was to encourage the development of renewable energy but to avoid the “boom and bust” cycles seen in other countries. Looking back, there is no...more

Vendees' Liens—Construction Lenders Beware!

A recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision highlights a lien priority risk for secured construction lenders when the financed project fails. The problem—known as a “vendee lien”—is most likely to arise when up-front deposits...more

Mechanic’s Lien Reigns Supreme in the Battle of a Project Default? Not for a Waiving General

In what can only be described as a devastating result for a general contractor, the Fourth Appellate District held that a general contractor may prospectively waive the priority of a mechanic’s lien to the owner’s...more

Certificates of Insurance: What’s in Your Portfolio?

On September 24, 2014, a New Jersey appellate court decided Selective Ins. Co. v. Hospicomm, Inc., 2014 WL 4722776 (N.J. Super., September 24, 2014). The dispute in that case arose out of a nursing home construction project...more

Contractors: Beware the Subordination Clause

Did you know that California is the only state in the country in which mechanics liens are a constitutional right? Tis true. Article XIV of the California Constitution states: Mechanics, persons furnishing...more

New Changes to Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law Take Effect

On July 9, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill (S.B. 145) into law that amends the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 (the “Lien Law”). The new law took effect on September 8, 2014 and affects...more

Construction Case Law Update - September 2014

FLORIDA STATE CASES - Forum selection clause in construction contract will not be enforced where third party defendant would be forced to testify in two venues. Forum selection clauses in contracts are generally...more

Mechanics Lien Subordination: Illinois Further Limits Construction Lenders’ Ability To Ensure Priority Against Mechanics Liens

On July 16, 2014, Illinois enacted Public Act 98-764 (Senate Bill 3023) (“SB 3023”), which amends the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/ et seq.) (the “Act”) to prohibit subordination of mechanics liens on Illinois...more

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