Huge Washington Mechanic Lien Case Accepted by Supreme Court for Review

The appellate court decision in Williams v. Athletic Field, Inc. was the shot heard around the world for construction lawyers and the construction industry in Washington state.

The court – three years after first deciding the case – revisited the decision and reversed itself, holding that the language acknowledging the lien claimant’s signature that is within the statute itself may not be enough to make lien claims valid.

The decision is a bit complex, but as we stated in our blog post on the topic, it confirmed that lien requirements in the state are hyper-technical and the lien form itself is important:  Washington Appeals Case Confirms Lien Requirements Are Technical.

Well, many folks predicted this would go to the Washington Supreme Court, but earlier in October we got confirmation.    The Washington Supreme Court blog posted that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Athletic Field case in its September conference.

A decision, therefore, will be forthcoming, and we’ll keep you advised…

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Scott Wolfe Jr

About Scott Wolfe Jr

Scott Wolfe Jr. is the CEO of zlien, a company that provides software and services to help building material supply and construction companies reduce their credit risk and default receivables through the management of mechanics lien and bond claim compliance. He is also the founding author of The Lien and Credit Journal, a leading online publication about liens, security instruments and getting paid on every account. Scott is a licensed attorney in six states with extensive experience in corporate credit management and collections law, with a specific emphasis on utilizing mechanic liens, UCC filings and other security instruments to protect and manage receivables. You can connect with him via Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.