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Lien Law Alert: Who to Include in VA Mechanics Lien Enforcement Action

To begin this post, and, really, to make sure everybody is on the same page for all of the articles/posts on The Lien and Credit Journal, we need to have a quick vocabulary discussion. Mechanics lien law, and the specific language associated with it, can be daunting, even for people well-versed in the credit and/or […]

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Virginia Mechanics Lien Law: 5 Things to Know

Need to brush up on your Virginia mechanics lien law before filing? No problem, Zlien can help! Just refer to these “5 things to know” before getting started. Most Licensed Parties have Mechanics Lien Rights In Virginia licensed parties that provide service or labor for a construction project, removal or repair or improvement on a […]

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Virginia Mechanics Lien: Don’t File Fraudulent Lien

As we’ve mentioned before, filing a false mechanics lien is not a good idea. Mechanics liens are powerful tools, and just like all powerful tools, they shouldn’t be abused. Some states, however, take filing a fraudulent mechanics lien more seriously than others. Generally speaking, if a mechanics lien is filed fraudulently, the lien claimant is […]

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Virginia Mechanics Liens: New Case Provides Answers and Questions

Complying with timing requirements is crucial to mechanics lien claims, but, as we’ve mentioned before, calculating these deadlines can sometimes be difficult. This is especially true in states with more than one date that must be calculated, and when there are different methods to calculating those dates. Even when the deadlines have been successfully navigated, […]

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Virginia Mechanics Lien Law Amendment: How Much Really Changes?

  The Lien Blog recently discussed changes to the mechanics lien law scheme in Virginia. These changes mandate that every mechanics lien claimant have a license, and that the license number and dates of issue and expiration be listed on the face of the lien document, in order for the claimant’s lien to be valid. […]

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Mechanics Liens: Recent Lien Law Amendments in Virginia

The Lien blog is constantly writing about both effective and potential changes in a state’s mechanics lien law.  As we’ve noted, sometimes these changes can be innocuous, such as when Louisiana substitutes an English word for Latin one for its statutes, but others, such as Illinois’ proposed bonding-off amendment, can have major consequences.  Virginia is […]

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Mechanics Lien Law: Is There Room for Quantum Meruit and Unjust Enrichment in Virginia?

Here at the PAID blog we write a lot about how unpaid subcontractors can get paid by filing a mechanics lien because we think a mechanics lien is the best tool for getting paid.  Nevertheless, there are also other avenues unpaid parties can take, to recover payment.  Two other causes of action unpaid subs can […]

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Pay When Paid Clauses: Virginia Revisited

Virginia courts take an interesting and unique approach regarding pay when paid clauses in construction contracts. As outlined by Galloway Corp. v. S.B. Ballard Const. Co., 464 S.E. 2d. 349 (1995), and explained in a recent post, Virginia examines each pay when paid clause dispute on a case by case basis when the language of […]

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Pay When Paid Clauses: Virginia’s Unique Interpretation

Just a few weeks ago the PAID blog gave our readers a wonderful introduction to the complex world of pay if paid and pay when paid clauses.  As a quick refresher, construction subcontracts sometimes condition payment from the general contractor to the subcontractor on payment from the owner to the general contractor.  General contractors don’t want […]

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Is Messing With Mechanic’s Lien Statutes a Good Idea?

First of all, thanks to Scott and the other good folks here at the Lien Blog for their continued support of my Construction Law Musings blog with both these opportunities to post and with Scott’s guest posts at Musings (the latest of which is here). Scott has asked me to blog at a time when […]

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Don’t Forget The 150-Day Rule In Virginia

On the first day of 2009, I wrote a post about the “150-day rule” in Virginia: Virginia’s Interesting 150 Day Rule. Therein I offered a pithy explanation of the rule: From the last day of work, the claimant must count backwards 150 days. Generally speaking, a contractor is not allowed to include any labor or […]

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