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Legislative Options to Boost the Construction Workforce

Legislative Options to Boost the Construction Workforce

  In May, construction spending topped out at 1.143 trillion dollars. While the construction industry is seeing growth, contractors are beginning to have a hard time finding qualified workers. While spending appears to have dipped slightly during May, there is huge growth across the board from 2015. With good news comes good problems. Times of […]

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Canadian Lien Law Alert: Major and Minor Lien Funds

Tennessee Amendment Changes Payment Bond Details

While the modern mechanics lien may have been born in America, it has become an international sensation. Not unlike how Justin Bieber was born in Canada and has since taken the world by storm. (Belieb it or not, this is not the first time he’s come up on the blog.) The provisions and terminology differ at times, […]

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Be Careful Estimating Lien Amounts

Be Careful Estimating Lien Amounts

Everyone in the construction industry struggles to get paid at some point. The most basic tip to ensure payment is to put the contract in writing. An oral contract might not destroy your chances at recovery, but common sense will tell you the best practice is to document everything. This principle is even more important when […]

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Louisiana Passes P3 Legislation

Louisiana Passes P3 Legislation

What are public-private partnership (P3) projects? P3 projects refer to projects that utilize an ongoing relationship between a public entity and a private partner. These projects go well beyond the hiring of private contractors and suppliers, into the world of investing, leasing, and other long term arrangements. Private funding is an attractive option for governments […]

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Scope of Florida Homeowners’ Recovery Fund Expanded

Scope of Florida Homeowners' Recovery Fund Expanded

  The Florida Homeowners’ Recovery Fund was created after Hurricane Andrew stuck Florida in 1993. The fund operates as a safety net for consumer recovery for those suffering monetary damage due to misconduct of a licensed contractor, abandonment of a project, or a fraudulent statement of a contractor on a construction, repair, or improvement project. Should […]

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Contractor Strikes Out on Hartford Baseball Stadium

Contractor Strikes Out on Hartford Baseball Stadium

  There is a national debate about whether or not sports stadiums should be publicly funded (they shouldn’t), but for now it looks like the price of stadium construction will continue to fall on taxpayers. When these construction projects are undertaken by the public, bonds must be issued to insure the project. Mechanics liens are a […]

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Financial Risk and Payment In The Construction Industry: A Primer

This article was originally published on November 25, 2014. It was updated on May 12, 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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Surprise! You Have A Breach Of Contract Claim

Which States Have the Most Challenging Lien Law?

The basic concept of contract law is that if a party breaches a contract, the other parties to the agreement have a claim against the breaching party. This is called having privity. Recently though, courts have started to allow non-party claims against breaching parties. This has come to be known as the third-party beneficiary doctrine. […]

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Proper Preparation Can Save You From Contract Disputes

We talk a lot on this blog about protecting yourself from unwanted legal situations by understanding your contract and knowing and understanding the laws that govern that contract and the project you are working on. These points are reiterated time and time again because they are vital to business in the construction world. I would […]

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