California Civil Procedure Series – How to File Suit

As an attorney in multiple states (California and Louisiana) there are many overlapping rules and theory of law that are transferable from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, there are many local and state wide idiosyncrasies that are not necessarily taught in law school or not easily attainable for pro se or pro per litigants. This post has some helpful […]

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 […]

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 […]

Filing Mistake Invalidates $12.4 Million Mechanics Lien

Mechanic lien laws are highly technical, and they frequently change in unpredictable ways (see recent controversial example from Washington). We've expressed the sentiment a hundred times on this mechanics lien blog - it's very easy to make a common lien mistake. Unfortunately for JE Dunn Construction Co., it seems someone may have really dropped the […]

Washington Appeals Case Confirms Lien Requirements Are Technical, But Fighting Liens Risky

Alan Middleton of the Washington Construction Law Blog published a pithy update to its site last week concerning mechanic liens in Washington State. In "Battle of the Lien Forms: Claims of Lien Must Strictly Comply with the Lien Statute," Alan reports on a recent Division II appeal decision that "underscores the need...to comply with the […]

How to Challenge an Improperly Filed Construction Lien

Scott Wolfe, a construction attorney in Louisiana, Washington & Oregon, and he recently published two legal guides on the attorney rating website, Avvo.com.   The two articles discuss how to dispute a construction lien in Louisiana and Washington state. Here are links to the articles: How To Dispute A Construction Lien in Louisiana How To Dispute […]

The Construction Lien Center

Construction Liens: Probably the most frequently discussed legal topic amongst contractors, the construction lien can be a very powerful tool for your company to avoid costly disputes and non-paying projects. Here's the catch: You must use it correctly. There are lots of twists and turns in the Washington and Louisiana mechanic lien statutes. Wolfe Law […]