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Mechanics lien and bond claim laws change constantly. New bills, laws and cases construe the mechanics lien laws on an almost daily basis. For years, we’ve made a commitment to providing our readers with free notifications of important changes in state and federal mechanics lien and bond claim laws, and these notifications are all organized under this “Lien Law Alerts” section. Rely on Zlien to continue monitoring legislation and case law across the country and report on any changes that could impact your company’s legal compliance with lien and bond claim laws.

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order Affects Federal Contractors

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order Affects Federal Contractors

Passing new legislation in the construction industry happens all the time. Whether it be the recently popular P3 legislation, adjustments to a state’s Little Miller Act, or even new regulations on drones, new laws affect the construction industry in a multitude of ways. Specifically, just by reading the title it’s obvious that fair pay and […]

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The Presidential Debate Highlighted Issues in the Construction Industry

The Presidential Debate Highlighted Issues in the Construction Industry

The first debate between 2016 presidential nominees Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump resulted in unprecedented ratings. Whether you support Trump, Clinton, or neither, you can’t argue that the debate drew a lot of eyeballs. In fact, the event proved to be the most-watched debate in American history and spurred millions of tweets. While the trend of […]

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Michigan Lien Law Alert: Attorney Fees Recoverable After Arbitration

Michigan Lien Law Alert: Attorney Fees Recoverable After Arbitration

Depending on who you ask, alternative dispute resolutions are considered either an efficient tool to avoid the court system, or an unpredictable beast that can be just as slow and costly as the judicial system. Nevertheless, with the potential benefits of arbitration and mediation, many contracts have alternative dispute resolution (ADR) clauses built in. Such was the case […]

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Payment and Performance Bonds on a Private Project?

Payment and Performance Bonds on a Private Project?

Requiring bonds on a construction project is a great way to insure that a project stays on track. In calling for payment and performance bonds, the awarding authority adds another layer of accountability for prime contractors. Because public projects are funded by tax dollars, and because subcontractors and suppliers cannot avail themselves to some of their […]

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Contractors Going Unpaid in Minnesota’s Iron Range

Contractors Going Unpaid in Minnesota's Iron Range

One of the reasons mechanics liens are such a valuable tool is that they create a secured debt interest in the property to which the lien is attached. In bankruptcy proceedings, this becomes invaluable because, generally, secured debts are given first priority. Unfortunately, these secured debts often exceed the assets of the bankrupt party. When […]

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Arson, Insurance Fraud in Fargo Sparked by Mechanics Lien Foreclosure

Arson, Insurance Fraud in Fargo Sparked by Mechanics Lien Foreclosure

When the word “Fargo” comes up, nearly everyone immediately thinks of the critically acclaimed film or television series. While hilarious, I’m sure the Minnesota-set show may cause frustration and confusion among those who live in Fargo, North Dakota. Recently, the tragic story of a Fargo (North Dakota) family has caught some local media attention. What seemed like gross misfortune […]

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FEMA Proposal Affects Contractors on Public Projects

FEMA Proposal Affects Contractors on Public Projects

Public projects raise a laundry list of issues that those on private projects do not face. For instance, missing payments on public projects can lead to grave consequences even though mechanics liens don’t come into the equation. Other considerations such as record keeping and anti-corruption laws can also come into play. Any way you slice it, […]

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Miami Museum Hit With a Lien, Other Suits

Miami Museum Hit a With Lien, Other Suits

Construction liens aren’t exactly a conversation topic at parties, but maybe they should be. Mechanics liens affect celebrities, are placed on high profile properties, and the inventor of modern mechanics liens, Thomas Jefferson, was a huge wino. While tax liens may pop up in the news more often, who really wants to talk about taxes? […]

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Solar Contractor Bankruptcy Results in Over 150 Liens

Solar Contractor Bankruptcy Results in Over 150 Liens

Green construction is one of the fastest growing fields in the construction industry. With heightened attention now given to environmental impact, homeowners and businesses alike are doing what they can to go green. Green construction projects can, however, pose unique issues. The recent bankruptcy of Summerlin Energy did not involve these unique issues, though. Summerlin Energy is a contractor […]

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Substantial Completion on Colorado Construction Defect Actions

Substantial Completion on Colorado Construction Defect Actions

As we have discussed before, knowing your deadline to file a lien requires knowing when the clock starts. This date is often referred to as the substantial completion date or project completion date. Depending on the state, this date can vary between the date when the entire project has been completed or when your work on a […]

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