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Construction Contract Claims Against a Third-Party Lender? The Unforeseen Consequences of a Standard Practice

For those of us who commonly represent lenders, there is nothing more unsettling than hearing the words “course and pattern of conduct” or “dominion and control” or some variation of the same. Any suit where someone seeks to...more

2015 Arizona Legislative Amendments Affecting Real Estate Lending

The following information accompany a presentation Mike gave to members of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association (ACMLA) on May 12, 2015. A summary of legislative amendments enacted during the most recent...more

A New Year and a New Arizona Anti-Deficiency Statute

In 2014, the Arizona Legislature enacted significant changes to the anti-deficiency statutes, which protect certain residential borrowers from a deficiency judgment following foreclosure. These statutory changes, which apply...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

Arizona Court of Appeals Expands, Then Narrows, Anti-Deficiency Protection

Like many states, Arizona protects homeowners from the “double whammy” of losing their homes to foreclosure and then facing liability for the balance owed on their mortgage loans....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

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

Arizona Supreme Court to Contractor: Sorry But Equitable Subrogation of a Bank’s Later Deed of Trust Trumps Earlier Mechanics’...

The smoke has finally cleared in a hard and long-fought battle between a bank and contractor both claiming priority to foreclose millions of dollars on a Phoenix condominium project. The project, well-known as Summit at...more

Construction Lenders Beware: Unbonded Stop-Payment Notices May Be Worth More Than The Paper They Are Written On

A common perception in the construction industry is that the most valuable part of an unbonded stop payment notice is the paper it is written on, at least when it is served on a construction lender. While an unbonded stop...more

Fourth Circuit Reestablishes Subcontractors’ Right to Perfect Liens After Bankruptcy Filing

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in the case of In re Construction Supervision Services that the property interest underlying a subcontractor’s lien on funds arises from the date it first furnishes labor or...more

Certain Residential Developers are Unprotected by the Anti-Deficiency Statute after Foreclosure of a Deed of Trust on Vacant...

Nearly three years ago, in M&I Marshall & Isley Bank v. Mueller, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the Arizona anti-deficiency statute (A.R.S. § 33-814) protects a borrower who started, but never completed, construction...more

Amendments to Arizona’s Anti-deficiency Statute Exclude Homebuilders from Anti-Deficiency Protection

Last Tuesday, April 20, 2014, Arizona’s Governor, Jan Brewer, signed HB 2018 into law. This bill closes a long-standing loophole that allowed commercial homebuilders to take advantage of Arizona’s anti-deficiency statute,...more

Reviving Construction Projects — How to Avoid Creating a Frankenstein Monster

Reviving dead or moth-balled projects presents risks and rewards. The rewards include a shorter ramp-up period. The risks include the revival of claims akin to the unintended creation of a Frankenstein monster. But those...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

Court Invalidates Mechanic's Lien for Seeking Excessive Amount

A mechanic's lien is a very powerful tool for prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers to seek compensation for work provided on construction projects. This tool, however, becomes excessive, invalid, and...more

Revised law is new paint job for construction remedies

Originally published in the San Francisco Daily Journal - December 26, 2012. If the sudden 2008 credit crunch can be likened to an earthquake, then the following flood of mechanics lien and stop payment notice...more

The Tale of Two Banks: Final Settlement in Maine Bank Security Practices Case and a Failure of Bank Security Procedures in Florida

In a case that we have written about, People’s United Bank of Maine has agreed to pay about $ 390,000 to settle a claim that its security practices allowed unauthorized persons to withdraw funds from a construction company’s...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Lender v. Mechanics' Lien Priority Disputes

On October 25, 2012, the Nevada Supreme Court, in a case of first impression, held that equitable subrogation cannot be used as a method to repair broken priority over mechanics' liens, but left the door open to the potential...more

Appraisal Since Johnson – What The Hail Is Going On?

Originally published Dallas Bar Association's Headnotes on October 24, 2012. Local courts have recently seen a dramatic increase in the filing of hail damage actions. Many of these actions are not conventional lawsuits,...more

California’s Revised Mechanics Lien Law: Changes in Rights and Obligations of Construction Lenders

California’s mechanics lien law provides various rights and remedies to persons who provide labor, service, equipment or material to real property, including the right to record a mechanics lien on the improved work for both...more

Summary of Changes to California’s Mechanics’ Lien Law – Effective July 1, 2012

Effective as of July 1, 2012, the existing statutes governing California’s mechanics’ lien law, including stop notices and payment bonds, will be repealed and replaced with entirely new statutes. The Legislature has portrayed...more

Real World: An Update from Dechert's London Finance & Real Estate Group - May 2012

Welcome to the Spring edition of Real World from Dechert’s London Finance and Real Estate Group, keeping you up to date with recent developments in real estate law and practice. I hope you like our new user-friendly format,...more

The Weitz Company v. Summit at Copper Square LLC - Will this Case Clarify How the Doctrine of Equitable Subrogation Applies in...

I. In Arizona, Parties Considering Investing in Real Estate Development Projects Have to Make Investments Without Full Knowledge about One of the Key Issues — Who Has a Priority Interest in the Property if the Project...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

Pop Quiz For Builders, Remodelers & Subs: Legal Issues In Residential Construction

Sales of Homes (For Builders): (1) Q: If a buyer who has executed a Purchase Agreement for a spec home notifies you, the builder and seller of the home, of one of the following, does the buyer have a valid...more

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