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P3 101— Is Your Local Legal Team Ready to Help on a P3 Project?

For many U.S. construction businesses, the term “P3” may conjure images of “the big catch”—much discussed but rarely seen, at least not at your fishing hole. While the public-private partnership model has long been used in...more

White House Backs the $2.2 Billion Purple Line

On Tuesday, March 4th federal officials recommended the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line Public-Private Partnership Project ("Purple Line") to receive $100 million in federal construction money as part of the...more

Court of Appeal Confirms that Laborers and Materialmen Have Priority over Construction Lenders to Funds Used to Develop the...

A California Court of Appeal recently ruled that a construction lender must make available to stop notice claimants those amounts which the lender has already disbursed to itself on the construction loan. (Brewer Corp. v....more

Mortgage Lenders Can’t Jump Ahead of Mechanic’s Liens

In Weitz Co., LLC v. Heth, 223 Ariz. 442, 314 P.3d 569 (Ct. App. Nov. 26 2013), the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the plain language of Arizona’s mechanic lien statute, A.R.S. § 33-992(A), does not allow a lender to jump...more

There’s a Reason Why It’s Called a “Stop Payment” Notice Not a “Let Me Pay Myself First” Notice

In a decision published January 31, 2014 (Brewer Corp. v. Point Center Financial, Inc.), the California Court of Appeal (Fourth District) affirmed a trial court’s judgment holding a lender liable for contractors’ stop notice...more

Homebuilders And Their Affiliates: Unexpected Tie-In Issues May Be Lurking

From my work defending mortgage loan originators, including many homebuilder captives, against mortgage repurchase and indemnification claims, as well in my role as an editor of Bilzin Sumberg’s Mortgage Crisis Watch, I have...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Holds That Certain Residential Developers Are Not Protected By The Anti-Deficiency Statute After...

Nearly three years ago, in M&I Marshall & Isley Bank v. Mueller, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the Arizona anti-deficiency statute protects a borrower who started, but never completed, construction of a single-family...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Gives Contractor the Edge over Certain Lenders in Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosure Lawsuit

In lien foreclosure lawsuits involving lenders and contractors, priority is everything. Where you stand in terms of priority will not necessarily determine when you get paid, but rather will determine whether you get paid....more

Guarantors Beware! A.R.S. § 33-814 May Not Save You from a Deficiency Judgment

In First Credit Union v. Courtney, 309 P.3d 929, 669 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 18 (Ct. App. 2013), the Arizona Court of Appeals rejected three creative arguments that A.R.S. § 33-814 protected the guarantors from paying on their...more

Changes of Note to Lenders From the 2013 Legislative Long Session

During the 2013 legislative session, several new laws were passed which directly affect the banking and financial services industries. While most of these changes are relatively minor, they are certainly worth noting. Below...more

Preconstruction Deposits Are Lifeblood For Lending: Q&A With Bilzin Sumberg’s Adam Lustig

A few years ago, when condo developers began requiring significant up-front deposits from buyers prior to the finish of a project, it was a work-around for a lack of financing in the market. In the last year, lenders...more

Pennsylvania Seeks To Expand P3s to Local Governments and School Districts

In 2012, Pennsylvania joined the growing list of states with legislation authorizing public-private partnership (P3) projects. Pennsylvania’s P3 legislation related specifically to transportation projects. Recently,...more

Texas Department of Insurance Takes Narrow Interpretation of Code Concerning Construction Payment Bond Claims

Chapter 3503 of the Texas Insurance Code (the Insurance Code) governs the obligations of sureties in handling of claims under construction payment bonds. Recently, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) communicated its...more

Lenders Versus Mechanics’ Liens in West Virginia: A Question of Priorities

Finally! After days, weeks, sometimes even months of waiting, you as the lending officer received approval from corporate that underwriting has just approved your borrower and you can proceed with the term sheet. Time to put...more

Contract Provision for Judicial Reference May be Enforced Even Though Provision Does Not Specifically State Right to Jury is...

California law provides that parties to a contract may agree to use alternative dispute resolution methods, such as arbitration and judicial reference, to resolve contract disputes. A recent California appellate court...more

PPSR: A Reminder to All Owners Not in Possession of Their Personal Property

In June 2013, the NSW Supreme Court in Maiden Civil (P&E) Pty Ltd; Richard Albarran and Blair Alexander Pleash as receivers and managers of Maiden Civil (P&E) Pty Ltd & Ors v Queensland Excavation Services Pty Ltd & Ors...more

Lenders Beware! Seller Subordination Agreement Ahead Lenders Beware! Seller Subordination Agreement Ahead

In Citizens Business Bank v. Gevorgian (2013) 218 Cal.App.4th 602, the Court declined to enforce a subordination agreement, where modifications to the underlying loan accomplished through a “side letter” to the construction...more

Secret Lender-Buyer Side Deal Renders Seller Subordination Agreement Unenforceable

A California Appellate Court ruled recently that a seller’s subordination agreement was unenforceable where the buyer and the lender entered into a side agreement between themselves that the seller knew nothing about and that...more

Savings, Solar, And Shade - Taking Advantage of Arizona’s Public School District Energy Contract Statutes

Arizona has abundant sun and heat. What it does not have in abundance is funding for school districts to construct any facilities or to pay ever increasing utility bills. Many districts are struggling to find the...more

Mechanics Lien Rights: Use ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

An important new case regarding New Hampshire Mechanics Lien Law has application for contractors in all states and reminds the industry of how painful uncollectible debts can be. In Moultonborough Hotel Group decided on July...more

Contractors And Suppliers’ Defenses To Bankruptcy Preference Claims

Bankruptcy preference claims are always an unpleasant surprise. ...more

Payment Bonds. Bonds For the Not So Criminally Inclined

I’m going to venture a guess that most of the readers of the California Construction Law Blog have not spent time in jail (or, at least, not much time there). And that when they think of bonds the first thing they think of is...more

Comparison of Economic Development Incentives for South Carolina and North Carolina

In This Presentation: - Business Consideration – Electricity Rates - South Carolina vs. North Carolina - Corporate License Fees/ Franchise Taxes - Income Tax Rates (C Corps) - Income Tax...more

Australia: Performance Security: Bonds, Guarantees And Letters Of Credit

INTRODUCTION - When considering security requirements to support project contracts, parties often wonder what form of security is appropriate - a performance bond, parent company guarantee, bank guarantee or letter of...more

A Virginia Mechanic's Lien Refresher, Courtesy of Jack Bays

In February 2013 the Supreme Court of Virginia handed down its decision in Jack Bays, a mechanic’s lien lawsuit involving the landowner, several lenders, the general contractor and no fewer than eleven subcontractors....more

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