Mechanics Lien

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Missouri Court of Appeals Finds Single Tenant Finish Mechanics Liens Encumber Entire Mall

On April 12, 2016, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District handed down an opinion Crafton Contracting Company, et al. v. Swenson Construction, Inc., that is of interest to owner/landlords, their lenders,...more

One Word Makes All The Difference – The Distinction Between “Pay If Paid” and “Pay When Paid” Clauses

Payment clauses in California construction contracts are often complex and multi-layered. This is especially true in contracts between general contractors and their subcontractors. The general does not want to pay the subs...more

Williams Mullen Construction Industry Newsletter - Spring 2016

2016 begins with the issuance of this Construction Industry Newsletter, our fifth. In this issue, we have articles on vapor intrusion, liability for project design, enforcement of mechanic’s lien and bond waiver clauses, and...more

4 Considerations for Mechanic's Liens on Alternative Energy Projects

Securing payment is critical for contractors, and contractors, subcontractors and suppliers often rely on their mechanic’s lien rights. However, on wind and solar electrical generation projects, unusual considerations can...more

Construction Payment Remedies: You May be Able to Skate by, But Why?

My grandfather used to say that “anything worth doing, is worth doing well.” It wasn’t until later that I learned the quote wasn’t his, but a quote from Philip Stanhope the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, who said in his...more

Perspectives - February 2016

I Just Received Drafts of Construction Loan Documents from My Lender, Now What? I have heard the following statement many, many times over the course of my career: “Do I really need to hire an attorney to close a simple...more

Stop Notices and Mechanic's Liens: Construction Lenders' Nightmares

Historically low interest rates have led to the substantial growth in real estate lending, especially construction lending. Unfortunately, the lead article in the Business Section of the January 28, 2016, issue of the Los...more

Mechanics’ Lien Standard Exception in Owner’s Policies

As you, the buyer, pour over the voluminous stack of documents, disclosures and notices provided to you by the title company in connection with the impending closing of your real estate transaction, you will invariably come...more

Construction News - December 2015

Evolution in the Law – Is a “Right to Repair Act” in Pennsylvania’s Future? Various states have attempted through legislation to reduce litigation and increase constructive engagement in construction projects. One...more

Caution: Pay-When-Paid Clauses Are a Danger Zone in California

Subcontracts often contain payment provisions to deal with the issue that a general contractor wants to be paid by the project owner before the general contractor has to pay its subcontractors. Two common subcontract...more

[Event] Construction Liens: Understand the Complexities; Protect Your Interest - Jan. 13th, Grand Rapids, MI

Please join us to learn about the Michigan Construction Lien Act and other important laws affecting the construction industry. Learn how to use the lien act to secure payment for your work and avoid common...more

Superior Court of Pennsylvania Strictly Construes Procedural Requirements Under Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law

Oakdale Equip. Corp. v. Meadows Landing Assocs., LP, 2015 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2067 (Pa. Super. Ct. July 8, 2015) - Meadows Landing Associates, LP (“MLA”) contracted with Richard Lawson Excavating, Inc. (“Lawson”) for...more

Partial Subordination Agreement not Involving or Affecting Mechanics Lien Claimant Priority is Enforceable in Nevada

When visible construction begins, Nevada law says mechanic’s liens attach to the construction site. A construction lender wants to ensure that its deed of trust securing the construction loan has first priority to the...more

Construction E-Note - September 2015

Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation requires and issues licenses for entities and individuals to qualify to construct improvements to real property in Florida. Generally speaking, an out-of-state...more

Playing Hot Potato: Indemnity Strikes Again

Indemnity can be like playing hot potato (for those of you closer to the Minecraft generation, in the game of hot potato, a metaphoric “hot potato” is tossed between (ahem amongst) players while music is playing, and when the...more

Morris Agreement Ruled Unenforceable In Mechanics’ Lien Dispute

A “Morris agreement” between a title insured and mechanics lien claimants was unenforceable, because the agreement wasn’t an arms-length transaction, and the settlement left the insured without any risk of personal liability,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 4, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: party whose motion to intervene in foreclosure action was denied did not have standing to appeal final judgment of foreclosure – Market Tampa Investments, LLC. V Stobaugh,...more

Don’t Guess On How to Assert A Mechanic’s Lien

Many contractors and subcontractors have learned this the hard way: failure to comply with the filing and notice requirements for a mechanic’s lien can result in losing the lien and an effective way of ensuring payment for a...more

Title Insurance: When Does a Construction Lender “Create” or “Suffer” a Mechanics Lien?

BB Syndication Services, Inc. v. First American Title Ins. Co., 785 F.3d 825 (7th Cir. 2015) – A construction lender sued a title insurance company seeking defense and indemnification in connection with claims in a...more

Public Improvement Liens on Government-Owned Projects

While prior blog posts have discussed the basics of mechanics liens as they relate to private construction projects, this post addresses public improvement liens on property owned by the state, a subdivision or agency...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions - AC36506 - Sidorova v. East Lyme Board of Education - Due to budget cuts, the Board of Education laid off the plaintiff who was a tenured French teacher. She sued for...more

Is the Mechanic’s Lien or Bond Waiver Clause in Your Contract Enforceable in Virginia?

A new Virginia law invalidates any mechanic’s lien or payment bond waiver signed before work has commenced. The Governor recently signed new legislation into law, effective July 1, 2015, that invalidates waivers of...more

Top Ten Construction Clauses: Pay-if-Paid and Pay-when-Paid Clauses

Pay-if-paid clauses provide that a general contractor is not required to pay subcontractors unless and until it receives payment from the owner. The ConsensusDocs Standard Agreement 655 provides the following example: Receipt...more

District Court Dismisses Breach Of Duty Of Utmost Good Faith Claims Unrelated To Breach Of Contract In Reinsurance Dispute

The Middle District of Florida recently granted in part and denied in part plaintiff Stewart Title Guaranty Company’s (“Stewart Title”) motion to dismiss defendant First American Title Insurance Company’s (“First American”)...more

Seventh Circuit Limits Construction Lender’s Use of Title Insurance Policy to Cover Construction Liens Created by Lender’s Cutoff...

In a recent decision written by Judge Sykes, affirming a decision from the Western District of Wisconsin, in an issue governed by Wisconsin law, the Seventh Circuit ruled that a title insurer has no duty to indemnify a...more

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