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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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Pay When Paid Clauses: Virginia Revisited

Construction and Mechanics Lien Claims

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

Construction and Mechanics Lien Claims

Just a few weeks ago this 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 to […]

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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 Construction Payment 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 […]

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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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The Strict Nature of Virginia Lien Apportionment Rules

This is a guest post from our friend Christopher Hill of the Construction Law Musings blog. Christopher is a construction attorney in Virginia who has contributed to the Construction Payment Blog in the past. We follow his blog closely to keep up to date on mechanics lien law in Virginia and are honored to have […]

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A Virginia Mechanic’s Lien Change for the Better

Christopher G. Hill, LEED AP is solo practitioner, Virginia Supreme Court certified General District Court mediator, lawyer and owner of the Richmond, VA firm, The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC.  Chris has been nominated and elected by his peers to Virginia’s Legal Elite in the Construction Law category on multiple occasions and is […]

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Warning: More Virginia Transportation Projects May Be Without Payment Bonds

When performing work on a state construction project anywhere in the nation, those furnishing labor or materials to the project typically have bond claim rights in lieu of mechanics lien rights. These claims are secured pursuant to “Little Miller Act” statutes present in each state. Whenever a contractor or supplier goes unpaid on a state construction project, […]

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Is Virginia Poised To Change Its Mechanics Lien Law For The Worse?

UPDATE: Christopher Hill informed me this morning that the bill has now been tabled until the next session, and therefore, is dead for now.  Chris had testified before the legislature this morning regarding the bill. While the bill is tabled for not, it’s still worth anaylzing as it may creep back into discussions in the […]

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