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Court Determines What “Furnish” Means Under The Miller Act

Court Determines What “Furnish” Means Under The Miller Act

In the legal field, the meaning of a word in a statute can be very important. Certain interpretations can determine what situations the statute will apply to. In the construction industry, the interpretation of words like “improvement” and “furnishing” can determine whether a party is entitled to financial protection under the local Mechanics Lien Statute […]

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Miller Act Claims Are Not Easily Tossed Aside

Miller Act Claims Are Not Easily Tossed Aside

The Miller Act provides protection for contractors and suppliers on a federal construction project. The Act requires that the prime contractor on a federal project post a bond. This bond covers both first and second tier contractors and suppliers. Generally, if you are a third tier contractor or supplier, you have no rights under the […]

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Complicated Project Role Can Make a Difference for a Miller Act Claim

As the Construction Payment Blog has discussed before the Miller Act can sometimes be confusing, especially as to which parties are enabled to make a claim. While the Miller Act is very broad about the what type of labor and/or materials give rise to a claim (nearly everything furnished to a federal construction project) it is very strict about which project […]

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Lien Law: How Do You Lien NASA?

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I had a client call in today, who was wondering how he can file a lien on a project he is working on. This is a very normal call for us here at zlien , but the interested part of this request is that the client worked on a job located in Cape Canaveral, Florida. […]

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Miller Act and Attorney Fees: Recent Georgia Case Provides Insight

Attorney Fees in Lien and Bond Claim Actions

The issue of whether or not attorney fees can be recovered under the Miller Act is a topic routinely discussed by courts, and by us on the Lien blog, because the law on this issue is complex, confusing, and unclear. One of the trickier aspects of determining whether, or under what provision, attorneys fees may be recovered […]

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Bond Claims: Is There a Benefit to Sending A Bond Claim When There is No Requirement to Send a Claim Prior to Initiating Suit?

Bond claims, like mechanic’s liens, have requirements that vary from state to state.  Whether or not preliminary notice is required, who must receive preliminary notice or the claim itself, and even if a formal claim is required prior to initiating a lawsuit to recover can all change depending on the state in which the project […]

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What Lien Rights Do You Have On A Federal Project?

Miller Act Claim Information and Articles

When you perform work on a private commercial or residential project you likely have a mechanics lien right. When you work on a state, county or municipal project, you likely have some type of state bond or state lien right available.  But what happens when you’re on a federal project?  Meet the US Miller Act. […]

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Miller Act Applies When Doing Construction In The Nation’s Attic

Federal Property Creates Miller Act Projects

Reading the Wall Street Journal last week, I stumbled across “Shaking Up The Smithsonian,” which suggests that the world’s largest museum network is launching an “aggressive building boom.”  This got me thinking about the mechanics lien or bond claim rights on these projects, because I’m sure we’ll have clients starting to furnish labor or materials […]

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