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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.

Are Mechanics Lien Holders Entitled to Notice of Foreclosure?

Are Mechanics Lien Holders Entitled to Notice of Foreclosure?

Virginia has a special relationship to mechanics liens, as many attribute the modern mechanics lien to Thomas Jefferson. A little more recently, Virginia has made strides in establishing fair lien practices. In a recent case, a Virginia contractor represented himself against JPMorgan Chase in lien proceedings. While there were plenty of issues with the contractor’s pro […]

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Even Attorneys Struggle With Lien Law

Law Office Failed Miserably Against Lienors

A recent Michigan case serves as a pretty fair tutorial on Michigan lien law, maybe even moreso than what we’ve provided with our 5 things to know. The property here was actually a law office, and the owners’ unfamiliarity with mechanics liens was glaring. In the end, the mechanics lien was enforced on appeal, but not before the […]

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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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Lien Claim Won’t Preclude Federal Breach of Contract Claims

Lien Claim Won't Preclude Federal Breach of Contract Claims

  Judicial economy is a driving force in how our court systems work. Basically, it is the responsibility of the courts to expedite the judicial process wherever possible to reduce strain on the system as a whole. For this reason, courts regularly dismiss actions that fail to follow proper procedure. One doctrine helping courts to […]

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Ohio Court Revives Lien Years Later

Ohio Court Revives Lien Years Later

  Dodging procedural limitations and deadlines, filing a lien can at times feel like a game of minesweeper. One misstep, and the whole thing goes caput. Courts can be sticklers on even the most seemingly unimportant details, and lien claims fall for dumb mistakes all of the time. For these reasons it’s surprising, but not unheard […]

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