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Changes To Texas Lien Law May Be On The Horizon

Changes To Texas Lien Law May Be On The Horizon

Texas is infamous for having what may be the most confusing, jumbled set of lien laws in the nation. As it stands, the state’s notice requirements are a mess, yet remain toughest in the country. Texas construction attorneys have taken notice of this issue, and since 2013 a group has been working to make changes to Texas lien […]

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Ohio Bans Contractor Hiring Requirements on State Projects

Ohio Bans Contractor Hiring Requirements on State Projects

In construction, hiring is everything. Owners want to hire reputable contractors known for good work. Contractors look to hire trusted subcontractors and suppliers in order to minimize defects and payment issues. For these reasons and more, hiring in the construction industry can make or break a project. When contractor hiring requirements are imposed by state or […]

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Problems May Arise During The Louisiana Flood Recovery

Problems May Arise During The Louisiana Flood Recovery

The recent flood in the Baton Rouge area is one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent memory. According to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s estimations, over 145,000 homes were affected by the floods. Damage estimates have been enormous, and the effects of the flood have been far reaching. Just about everyone in Louisiana has been affected […]

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Subcontractor Defects Are Covered by CGL Policies in New Jersey

Subcontractor Defects Are Covered by CGL Policies in New Jersey

Relationships between insurers and insureds are always touch and go. Claims become especially tricky when made for defective work. Depending on the type of policy and the exceptions and exclusions in the contract, these claims can be paid or fall by the wayside. In Cypress Point Condominium Association, Inc. v. Adria Towers, L.L.C., the New Jersey Supreme […]

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Virginia General Contractor Serves as Cautionary Tale

Virginia General Contractor Serves as Cautionary Tale

Financial management is vital in the construction industry. Contractors can quickly find themselves in hot water should something go awry. When a contractor faces financial troubles with projects underway, the fallout spreads to homeowners, subcontractors, and suppliers. This is exactly what happened to Romm Custom Homes, and it’s not looking good for this once respected Virginia general contractor. What happened? […]

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General Contractor Misusing Funds Is Indicted

General Contractor Misusing Funds Is Indicted

Payment in the construction industry is a complex beast. As a result of the top-down payment system, parties at the bottom of the payment chain are at the mercy of the contractors above. In order to protect themselves, those at the top of the payment chain regularly insert timing provisions and conditions for payment in the form […]

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No Laws For Prompt Payment in Canada

No Prompt Payment in Canada

Prompt payment laws are incredibly important in the construction industry. Without them, there is little legal muscle to force payments down the chain. Essentially, these laws ensure that parties at the top of the payment chain pay subcontractors in a timely fashion by establishing deadlines and penalties. For example, the deadline for payment in California […]

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Construction Payment and Financial Risk: A Primer

This article was originally published on November 25, 2014. It was updated on August 4, 2016. The way that payment works in the world of construction projects is unique. The credit heavy nature, the high number of businesses involved, and the lack of visibility into who is doing what work, make payment issues all-the-more likely […]

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Florida Contractors Scam Homeowners and Suppliers

Florida Contractors Scam Homeowners and Suppliers

  Over the past few months, we have seen two Florida contractors scam homeowners and suppliers. In Pasco County Florida, Over 70 customers of Ike’s Roofing have complained that despite paying the full balance on their projects, material suppliers have been placing liens on their homes. When you think of construction scams, though, good craftsmanship and […]

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Supreme Court Rules on the False Claims Act

Supreme Court Rules on the False Claims Act

The Supreme Court may not be the highest court in the land, but when the Court rules, it’s best to pay attention. Recently, a Supreme Court decision helped clarify how the False Claims Act should be applied. While this case involved the medical industry, the False Claims Act applies to all parties that contract with the Federal […]

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