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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.

Hiding Won’t Make a Lien Disappear

Hiding Won't Make a Lien Disappear

When a lien is filed, owners get scared. That’s what makes a lien such an effective tool! In order to avoid the property encumbrance, owners should understand exactly who is working on their project and make sure everyone is paid. Perhaps the best way to do this is to request preliminary notices and to require conditional […]

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Canadian Lien Law Alert: Developer Must Face the Music

Canadian Lien Law Alert: Developer Must Face the Music

Understanding the lien laws of a particular state can be overwhelming. However, it is important to also take note of legal developments in other states in order to understand how lien laws are shaped. So too is it worthwhile to pay attention to lien laws in other countries, especially those with similar legal systems. As Canada looks to revise […]

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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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Arizona Mechanics Lien Survives Attempt to Extinguish

Arizona Mechanics Lien Survives Attempt to Extinguish

Everyone in the construction industry looks for a more collaborative future where the payment system is less about covering your own rear and more about fairness and efficiency. A recent suit regarding an Arizona mechanics lien makes that future seem distant. In Markham Contracting Co. v. Federal Deposit Insurance Company, First Arizona Savings and Loan (Federal Deposit Insurance Co. […]

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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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Three New York Liens May Stem From State Scheme

Three New York Liens May Stem From State Scheme

Three New York liens on a public project are calling for over $2.2M in payment. The liens very well could be a result of the uncollaborative payment system in the construction industry. However, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, which is involved in an investigation by federal prosecutors, is a party to the project. The Project It’s easy to forget […]

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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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