Mechanics Lien

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The Condominium Form Of Ownership

In Alabama, contractors and subcontractors performing work involving common elements of the condominium at the request and direction of a condominium association should be aware of unique laws applicable to their lien rights...more

The Applicability of Pennsylvania’s Mechanics Lien Law to Oil and Gas Well and Pipeline Construction Projects

The owner and contractors on a construction project usually anticipate that all parties will be properly paid for work performed. In reality, however, it is not uncommon for issues to arise related to the payment of a...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

The Big “B” – Bankruptcy on the Construction Project

It’s not often that I find myself in bankruptcy court, but there I was. A lone construction attorney surrounded by bankruptcy lawyers speaking in a foreign tongue – “cram down!,” “cash collateral!,” “executory...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

Under Construction - December 2013

Welcome to our final issue of Under Construction in 2013. We hope your year has been filled with health, happiness, peace and prosperity. We thank you for your readership, and we continue to appreciate the opportunities we...more

Does a Service Provider Have a Lien Over Customer Data?

On 19 November, Datateam won permission to appeal from an unreported decision of District Judge Bell sitting in the Reigate County Court on 12 June. The facts of the case, which related to unpaid invoices for database...more

Construction Law e-Bulletin: Notice of Furnishing: More Important Than Ever - News from the Construction Law Group

Occasionally, old news is new news. The topic of notice by subcontractors and suppliers to preserve their lien and bond payment rights is discussed more often than may be necessary, but inattention or carelessness in regard...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

Real Estate Tip - Standard Forms May Lead to Not-So-Standard Responsibilities

Standard affidavits and standard indemnities are potential traps for any borrower, even sophisticated commercial developers. Consider the experience of developers in West Virginia. At the closing for a $20 million apartment...more

Get It in Writing … Please!

What do a church, comedy club and bingo parlor have in common? It turns out, construction. To be more specific, a lot of electrical work. It starts with the recent decision of the South Carolina Court of Appeals in Boykin...more

Tweaked & Overhauled: The Latest on Virginia Construction Law

Each year, Virginia’s legislature overhauls or tweaks existing legislation and occasionally enacts entirely new legislation of which construction industry operators should remain aware. This year was no exception. The...more

Be Sure to Keep Up with Mechanic's Lien Changes

A reminder that state legislatures enjoy "tweaking" mechanic's lien statutes. Be sure to keep up with these changes or hire an attorney that does....more

Mechanic's Lien Waivers: Understand What You Are Waiving

In Maryland and elsewhere, a mechanic’s lien safeguards a contractor’s entitlement to payment on a private project. It is a statutory device that, if properly pursued, provides a contractor a security interest in the real...more

Legislative Update

Construction legislation in the 2013 session was much different from 2011. In 2011 many new construction related laws were passed including governance of indemnities and mechanic’s liens. In 2013 many significant...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

Mechanics' Lien Trust Fund Debts Not Dischargeable in Bankruptcy – What Were You Thinking?

In a recent unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court made it more difficult to avoid a bankruptcy debtor discharging a debt tied to "defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity." In Bullock, the Court stated...more

Simplifying the Mechanic's Lien Agent Process: N.C.'s New Online Clearinghouse

A version of this article was originally published in April 2013 and has now been updated. Effective April 1, 2013, project owners in North Carolina are now required to designate a Mechanic’s Lien Agent (MLA) for the...more

I Did The Work -- Where Is My Check? West Virginia Mechanic's Lien Breakdown for Subcontractors & Suppliers

Imagine you are a materialman, selling indoor carpet to the contractors. You are approached by a West Virginia developer that wants you to supply carpet and flooring for several houses in a new development. The contract...more

The Complexities of Mechanic’s Liens in West Virginia

West Virginia has seven "mechanic's and materialman’s lien" statutes to protect the interests of those performing or supplying construction-related work in the state. Although these statutes are interpreted by the courts to...more

So, You’re Having a Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Type of Day?

(or, Can I Get My Hands on That Red Pickup?) Three months ago, the general contractor (GC) showed up driving a brand new, fire-engine-red, extended cab, turbo-charged 425-horsepower diesel dually that set him back...more

Lien on Me? A Synopsis of South Carolina Lien Law

What is a Mechanic’s Lien? In South Carolina, construction liens, called mechanic’s liens, are automatically created by statute to protect anyone “to whom a debt is due for labor performed or furnished or for materials...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

The Construct - Your Guide to Law in the Construction Industry - June 2013

In This Issue: - Simplifying the Mechanic's Lien Agent Process: NC's New Online Clearinghouse - The Complexities of Mechanic's Liens in West Virginia - I Did The Work -- Where Is My Check? - So, You're Having...more

Violation of Lease Provisions Can Negate a Mechanic and Materialman's Lien

Construction professionals performing work and supplying materials to a project for a tenant on leased property may want to see a copy of the lease before they agree to participate and may need to monitor compliance with the...more

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