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No Laws For Prompt Payment in Canada

No Prompt Payment in Canada

Prompt payment laws are incredibly important in the construction industry. Without them, there is little legal muscle to force payments down the chain. Essentially, these laws ensure that parties at the top of the payment chain pay subcontractors in a timely fashion by establishing deadlines and penalties. For example, the deadline for payment in California […]

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Louisiana Claims for Payment Must Follow Procedure

Louisiana Claims for Payment Must Follow Procedure

Jumping through procedural hoops is a constant struggle when dealing with lien law and bond claims. Even the smallest misstep can destroy chances at recovery, and failure to meet lien or bond claim deadlines is one of the most common reasons for the dismissal of claims. Like most states, the Bayou State takes procedure very seriously. This was […]

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Construction Payment and Financial Risk: A Primer

This article was originally published on November 25, 2014. It was updated on August 4, 2016. The way that payment works in the world of construction projects is unique. The credit heavy nature, the high number of businesses involved, and the lack of visibility into who is doing what work, make payment issues all-the-more likely […]

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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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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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How Subcontractors Can Grow Business by Minimizing Risk

How Subcontractors Can Grow Business by Minimizing Risk

Small subcontracting firms looking to grow a business may be afraid to take on larger, higher-paying jobs for a few reasons. These jobs typically require a larger cash outlay, and the contracting firm often gets paid incrementally through installments over weeks or months. This can wreak havoc on cash flow — and then there’s the greater […]

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