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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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Complicated Project Role Can Make a Difference for a Miller Act Claim

As the Construction Payment Blog has discussed before the Miller Act can sometimes be confusing, especially as to which parties are enabled to make a claim. While the Miller Act is very broad about the what type of labor and/or materials give rise to a claim (nearly everything furnished to a federal construction project) it is very strict about which project […]

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Lien Law Review: Massachusetts Court Defines Scope of Prompt Pay Act

Slow Payment in Construction Industry

We here at zlien like to keep our readers current on lien law trends and where the courts are headed. I read through a number of cases on a regular basis, finding tidbits of information that are useful. This blog post discusses a rather creative, yet failing argument presented by the unpaid contractor. The important […]

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Lien Law: How Do You Lien NASA?

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I had a client call in today, who was wondering how he can file a lien on a project he is working on. This is a very normal call for us here at zlien , but the interested part of this request is that the client worked on a job located in Cape Canaveral, Florida. […]

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