Contractors: “Did I Just file a Fraudulent Claim…What’s My Exposure?

Mechanics’ liens are a great tool available to contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers to ensure payment for work, materials and/or services provided. However, filing a fraudulent lien has costly consequences, including jail time. CONTINUE READING...

First Cost and Betterment – Two Types of Defenses against Claims for Construction Damages

If you are a designer or contractor who’s been accused of negligent design or construction, you will want to analyze the owner’s claimed damages to see if they might be reduced by the amount of the first costs or betterment. CONTINUE READING...

When a Local Ordinance Doesn’t Govern Your Business

If your business has been accused of violating a local law, check with your attorney as to whether you actually face liability, particularly if you established your business practices in accordance with a state law. CONTINUE READING...

Forum Selection Clause v. Miller Act Venue Provision: Where to Litigate?

On federal construction projects, the parties may contract where they would like to litigate potential disputes, but care should be given as to what venue is selected based on various factors. CONTINUE READING...

Unlicensed Contractor – Who Me?

Sometimes unlicensed contracting is as simple as failing to make sure your subcontractors are licensed in their respective trades. Sometimes it's not so obvious. Why does this matter? Because you could be facing an administrative, civil or criminal action. CONTINUE READING...