Mediation! New Service Available at Wolfe Law

Seth J. Smiley, partner at Wolfe Law Group, LLC and author of ConstructionLawMonitor.com is now a formally trained mediator. New Orleans just hosted the AAAU's (American Arbitration Association University), Essential Skills for the New Mediator workshop in downtown, hosted by Neil Carmichael. Why would parties want to mediate a dispute instead of going to court? […]

Can Construction Estimating Software Help You Win Bids?

Here at ConstructionLawMonitor.com, I often get industry experts who would like my readers to hear their opinions or help spread the word on what is going on in the construction industry. Software Adviceis a company who helps those in selected industries choose the best software for the business. Statistics are always a great way to […]

Around The Web: Housing Bubble On The Rise Again?

Back in 2008, along with major sections of the U.S. economy, the U.S. housing market tanked. This was a terrible time for home builders and most contractors in the industry. There was a ripple effect that was felt industry wide. Signs of the the rebound have been few and far between. We are now one […]

Washington Law Protects Contractors from Dangers of Frivolous Lien Statute

A quick word from the construction law case files: The Court of Appeals, Division 1, out in Washington state, has refused to deem a construction lien as frivolous based upon the complexity of the construction contract at dispute. The court in SD Deacon Corp. of Washington v. Gaston Bros. Excavating, Inc., decided back in May […]

Bizarre Lien Foreclosure Case May Have Far-Reaching Effects in Washington

A bizarre case from the Washington Division I Court of Appeals in Diversified Wood Recycling, Inc. v. Harold Johnson, et al. may have far-reaching consequences for claimants, property owners and construction attorneys foreclosing mechanic liens. Until the opinion was published last week, Washington lien law seemed pretty clear on two points: When you file a […]

Residential Sprinkler Bill Resurrected in Washington House

Two years ago we wrote a blog post about 2009 House Bill 2224, introduced in Olympia by Representative Simpson, and aimed to "eradicate barriers that prevent the voluntary installation of sprinkler systems in private residences by promoting education regarding the effectiveness of residential fire sprinklers." While the bill had a lot of support in the […]

Arbitration Review May Be Limited…But It Can’t Be Waived in Washington

The Washington Supreme Court wrote an opinion interpreting the Washington Arbitration Act last week in Optimer Int'l, Inc. v. RP Bellevue, LLC. In this case, a landlord and tenant submitted themselves to an arbitration proceeding pursuant to their contract, and the loser at arbitration wasn't satisfied with the award. They sought judicial review of the […]

Lien Bill Introduced in Washington Legislature To Offset Williams v Athletic Field

Williams v. Athletic's Field took the Washington mechanic lien world by storm last year, when it declared a mechanic lien invalid even though the claimant used the specific form provided by the statute. We've written about this opinion at length on this blog, and noted that the decision is now being reviewed by the Washington […]