Getting Paid – Notice of Contract Filing

So you've completed your work but now you're running into problems getting paid for the job. As most people in that situation are aware, the Private Works Act (should that be the applicable act) provides very specific instructions for preserving your claims and privileges in this situation. In common terms, the PWA allows you to […]

Preliminary Notice and Mechanics Lien Compliance: How?

Getting paid in the construction industry is an art, especially for subcontractors and suppliers who must rely on payment to trickle down from the property owner, through the general contractor, and sometimes through even more parties. Offsetting these complexities are state laws that provide subcontractors and suppliers with "mechanics lien" rights. These rights have existed […]

In The Pipeline – Changes in Louisiana Construction Law

If there is any one constant in the legal profession, it is that the law is an ever-evolving, dynamic thing. While there are some general principles that tend to not change all that drastically over the years, the devil truly is in the details. Having to keep abreast of these changes is why you'll hear […]

California Lien Law In For A Change…

Over the past few years the California Legislature has been tinkering with its construction lien laws, both public an private. There have been numerous write-ups with commentators chiming in on whether the changes are a good thing or a bad thing. Nevertheless, many have happened and more changes are set to come shortly. As of […]

Construction Lien Removal Suit in Louisiana

Attention all home owners or property owners, there is only one surefire way to have that annoying illegal lien (in Louisiana called a statement of claim and privilege) removed from the title of your property, a Mandamus action. In Louisiana and other states, a Mandamus can be used for a number of things (listed out […]

Louisiana Suppliers – Extra Notice Needed for Lien Rights

Over the past holiday season, I was at a Christmas party discussing with a friend of mine who runs an electrical supply company here in South Louisiana, the intricacies of notice provisions before a company like his can file a lien on a private project. Others party-goers probably thought our conversation boring, but we were […]

Litigation Topics for Prime / Subcontractor Contracts

I had a speaking engagement today here in Kenner, Louisiana (a suburb of New Orleans) whereby I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of contractors and architects regarding construction contracts. The bulk of the discussion focused on the most contested provisions within construction contracts. The information is very helpful to contractors and can […]

Leasing Equipment in Louisiana? How To Protect Your Lien Claim

You are in the business of leasing heavy equipment to contractors. You are beginning to provide more and more machinery to jobsites. You just hit your first snag with payment. What do you do? Chances are you are stuck in rough spot and have to defer to your contract for remedy. There is likely no […]