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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.

Forecasting Construction Trends in 2017

Forecasting Construction Trends in 2017

  It’s important to keep one eye on the future, so let’s look at projected construction trends in 2017. Whether it be green construction or introducing technology, forecasting upcoming trends is paramount to planning your business. At zlien we try to focus on the future of the industry while staying on top of current trends. While it is impossible to know what the […]

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Oral Contracts Can Compound Your Problems

Oral Contracts Can Compound Your Problems

Congratulations to the city of Cleveland on finally bringing home an NBA Championship! With the attention of the sports world focused on The Land, it only seems natural to highlight some construction litigation that has taken place there. This case may not include the Cavaliers, but the Cleveland Browns faced issues of nonpayment during a restoration project in […]

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Relating Back Under the Miller Act? Good Luck.

Because liens cannot be placed on public property, the Miller Act was passed to provide recourse for subcontractors and suppliers working on federal projects. Miller Act claims have a strict one-year period during which they can be filed. Should a claimant file after one year following the last date they provided labor or materials to a project, […]

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Lien Law Alert From Texas: What Not To Do

Lien Law Alert From Texas: What Not To Do

Filing a mechanics lien is the best tool for subcontractors and suppliers to ensure payment and to recover unpaid sums. So why would a creditor release a lien? Typically liens are released when a creditor receives payment, when the lien has expired, or when there was a defect in the lien. By releasing a lien, creditors […]

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Hawaii Project Says Aloha to Mechanics Liens

Hawaii Project Says Aloha to Mechanics Liens

Hawaii is just like its mainland counterparts when it comes to lien laws- filing can be both complex and expensive. Here, a project in Hawaii says aloha to mechanics liens to the tune of nearly $10M. The Project In Waikiki, Hawaii, a $465M project is underway to redevelop Waikiki’s International Market Place. The three story, 360,000 […]

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Where’s the Litigation in Green Construction?

Green Construction

Going green with construction projects can create serious perks, most importantly easing your impact on the environment. However, with the benefits of going green also come some pitfalls. It appears that the law has not caught up with the green movement, and environmental interests in construction have not really been tried in court despite the number of green […]

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Proposed Assembly Bill Affects Residential Solar Projects in California

Proposed Assembly Bill Affects Residential Solar Projects in California

Green construction is on the rise nationwide, and California is leading the charge. From a recent mandate for solar panels at Muscle Beach to legislation reserving solar ready rooftop space, the state of California is one of the leaders in promoting environmentally conscious projects. However, recently proposed legislation has made the process of installing solar panels on […]

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A Tale of Two Policies: CGL Policy Litigation in Florida

A Tale of Two Policies: CGL Policy Litigation in Florida

A contractor’s relationship with its insurance company can be precarious, and when it comes time to file a claim, you don’t want any surprises. Incomplete coverage can be costly, a lesson recently learned by general contractor Elite Homes. In a case decided just three months prior, Pavarini Construction Company faced a similar situation with a dramatically different outcome. […]

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No Lien-iency for Florida Lien Deadlines

No Lien-iency for Florida Lien Deadlines

No matter where you are, it is imperative to be aware of deadlines regarding your lien and bond claims. In Florida, it has become apparent that courts will not show leniency toward lienors when it comes to procedural matters. In Jack Stilson & Co. v. Caloosa Bayview Corp. the Supreme Court of Florida made its stance particularly clear by […]

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Priority Revisited: Can a Mechanics Lien Relate Back?

Priority Revisited- Can a Mechanics Liens Relate Back?

When determining the amount of security and protection afforded by a mechanics lien, the priority of that lien compared to other encumbrances on the property is of clear importance. Accordingly, lien priority is topic of much discussion on the blog, and an area in which clear information can be exceedingly helpful. Since large problems with […]

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