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Supreme Court Rules on the False Claims Act

Supreme Court Rules on the False Claims Act

The Supreme Court may not be the highest court in the land, but when the Court rules, it’s best to pay attention. Recently, a Supreme Court decision helped clarify how the False Claims Act should be applied. While this case involved the medical industry, the False Claims Act applies to all parties that contract with the Federal […]

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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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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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The Basics of Recovery on Federal Projects: The Miller Act

The Basics of Recovery on Federal Projects: The Miller Act

The Miller Act was passed to provide an opportunity for subcontractors and suppliers to recover for unpaid labor and material on federal projects, since mechanics liens cannot be filed against public property. For federal projects where the prime contract exceeds $100,000, the Act requires that general contractors provide performance bonds and a payment bond sufficient to cover the entire amount […]

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Court Determines What “Furnish” Means Under The Miller Act

Court Determines What “Furnish” Means Under The Miller Act

In the legal field, the meaning of a word in a statute can be very important. Certain interpretations can determine what situations the statute will apply to. In the construction industry, the interpretation of words like “improvement” and “furnishing” can determine whether a party is entitled to financial protection under the local Mechanics Lien Statute […]

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Miller Act Claims Are Not Easily Tossed Aside

Miller Act Claims Are Not Easily Tossed Aside

The Miller Act provides protection for contractors and suppliers on a federal construction project. The Act requires that the prime contractor on a federal project post a bond. This bond covers both first and second tier contractors and suppliers. Generally, if you are a third tier contractor or supplier, you have no rights under the […]

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Miller Act Rights Not Easily Waived

General Contractors and Subcontractor Legal Rights

The U.S. Miller Act  gives subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers a bond claim on federal projects. The Act requires that a payment bond be posted by the prime contractor for every federal project. Think of the bond as a pile of money. When a contractor or subcontractor goes unpaid, they have a claim against this pile […]

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What Are Performance and Payment Bonds?

We talk a lot about mechanics liens and their benefits, but what happens if you are working on a public project and are unable to file a mechanics lien against the property? That is where bond claims come in. Many people become confused about whether to file a mechanics lien or bond claim. The simple answer […]

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Checklist To Follow When Filing A Mechanics Lien

Have you ever tried to figure out how how to file a mechanics lien? Or even just when to file a lien? The point is this: mechanics liens are complicated. But they’re too important to give up on. The mechanics lien is a powerful legal tool that provides a number of benefits to the person […]

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