Mechanics Lien

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Virginia Legislation Significantly Impacts Construction Industry

At its recently-concluded 2015 Regular Session, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation which will significantly affect those persons who deal with potential mechanic’s lienors. The revision to section 43-3 of the...more

Recent Court Ruling Affects AZ Subcontractors and Suppliers

A recent decision from the Arizona Court of Appeals holds that preliminary 20-day notices served on bonded projects under the Little Miller Act (“LMA”), A.R.S. § 34-223(A), must be served by registered or certified mail. As a...more

How Construction Lenders Can Avoid Title Insurance Coverage Denial for Mechanics Liens

A title insurance company can deny a construction lender’s coverage against mechanics liens that were asserted after the lender stopped funding the construction escrow, even though the lender was entitled to do so under the...more

Beyond the Policy: Are Title Insurers Liable for Negligence?

When Longview Power built a coal-fired power plant costing well over a billion dollars, its lender obtained $825 million in title insurance coverage from First American, and First American signed Reinsurance Agreements with...more

Security on Large Construction Projects. The Payment Remedy You Probably Never Heard of

California has a number of statutory payment remedies available on construction projects. Some, such as the mechanics lien, are relatively well known and often utilized. Others, such as the stop payment notice, are somewhat...more

Alberta Court Clarifies Builders’ Lien Registration When Contract Abandoned

On February 25, 2015, the Alberta Court of Appeal released its decision in Tervita Corporation v. ConCreate USL (GP) Inc. In that case, the court was required to determine whether a builders’ lien registered by Tervita...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - Global Solar Energy – A Bright Future - Shared (Common) Facilities in LNG Projects - Hydropower Concessions – Long Awaited Reform - FERC's Order No. 807 Addresses Open Access And...more

Williams Mullen Construction Industry Newsletter - Winter/Spring 2015

In this Issue: - Welcome - Williams Mullen Announces Coastal Flooding Practice - Federal Government Contracts - New Challenges - Green Certification - Bankruptcy and Virginia...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

They Can’t Take That Away From Me. Well, At Least Not At First

Some of you may recall the George and Ira Gershwin song, They Can’t Take That Away From Me made famous by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film, Shall We Dance. A recent amendment to a mechanic’s lien statute will limit...more

To Fund or Not to Fund – that is the Question

On Friday the 13th (3/13/2015), the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit decided that a title insurer did not have to provide coverage to its insured – the perfected, first lien lender – for priming mechanics’ liens that –...more

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: No Coverage under Title Insurance for Mechanics’ Liens Arising after Construction Lender Stops...

On March 12, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit entered an opinion interpreting “the most litigated provision in the standard-form title-insurance policy purchased by real-estate lenders to...more

Utah Clarifies Lien Amounts and Bonding Requirements

The Utah Supreme Court recently clarified that the only permissible amounts to claim under Utah’s mechanic lien statutes are those “equivalent to the value of the services rendered, labor performed, or materials or equipment...more

Transfer of Property Title to a Holding Company Did Not Divest Landowner of Owner-Occupant Status Under A.R.S. § 33-1002(B)

Recently, in Marco Crane & Rigging Co. v. Masaryk, 703 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 29 (Dec. 30, 2014), the Arizona Court of Appeals established that a subcontractor on a residential project has no lien rights against an owner-occupant,...more

New Notary Language For Mechanics Lien Releases and Stop Payment Notice Releases

Thanks to Scott Wolfe, Jr. over at ZLien for bringing this to my attention: Effective January 1, 2015, the notary language required for Certificates of Acknowledgment – used by notaries for mechanics lien releases and...more

Where, Oh Where, Can My Lawsuit be Filed?

When preparing or negotiating the terms of construction contracts, parties often indicate where any dispute that may arise between the parties must be litigated. Courts will generally enforce such “venue” or “forum selection”...more

Midconstruction Refinancing: A Plunge Into The Void?

Construction loans typically do not get refinanced before a project is completed. A construction loan is short-term in nature and both the lender and its customer expect that they will stay on the project until the project is...more

Act 117 Brings Significant Changes to Mechanic’s Lien Law

Over the summer, Governor Corbett signed into law Act 117 of 2014 (the “Act”), which brings two significant changes for contractors to the Mechanic’s Lien Law of 1963. First, subcontractors are now prevented from filing...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 12

Welcome to the twelfth edition of The Construction Advantage! In this issue, we bring you issues of competitive bidding, more mechanics lien case law, and a Maine case of a dismissed appeal. We hope that you enjoy our...more

Construction Law Advisory - December 2014

In This Issue: - Retainage limited to 5 percent in Massachusetts: Outlier or coming to your state? - Pennsylvania overhauls mechanic’s lien law with creation of state construction notices directory -...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

Recent Developments in Arizona Construction Law

Notable 2014 Case Law: Bonds - In Ponderosa Fire District v. Coconino County, 235 Ariz. 597 (Ct. App. Ariz. 2014), the Court of Appeals considered whether the County had discretion to decide not to call...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

Not in My Kitchen – California Supreme Court Decertifies Golden State Boring Case

On November 11, 2014, the California Supreme Court rejected the recent California Court of Appeals decision Golden State Boring & Pipe Jacking, Inc. v Eastern Municipal Water District, 228 Cal.App.4th 273 (2014) which we...more

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