Get An Attorney To Read Your Construction Contract – Every Time

At the start of every construction project you sign a stack of papers that will dictate your success or failure on the project: the construction contract.  The contract may be short and sweet, or it may be a mountain of paperwork that not only includes its own provisions but also cites provisions in other paperwork […]

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 […]

Joint Check Agreements On Construction Projects: What Suppliers Need To Know

Joint check agreements are very popular in the construction industry. In fact, many folks mistakenly believe that joint check agreements are exclusively a construction industry instrument.  Many folks also believe that joint check agreements are all the same, that there is standardized agreement language and rules, that they offer a lot of payment security, and […]

Scott Wolfe Quoted in New Orleans City Business Article About Delays When Paying Subcontractors

Subcontractor non-payment is something very familiar to me. It's been written about here on the Construction Law Monitor (especially with regard to how pay when paid clauses affect subcontractor payments), and it's something my other blog (the Construction Lien Blog) focuses on exclusively in its discussion of mechanic liens. So it's no surprise that New […]

Louisiana Supreme Court Reverses Bad Decision That Allowed Bidders to Defraud the State

If you recall, on October 19, 2010, I discussed what I believed to be a very poor decision rendered by the Louisiana First Circuit, concluding that when a bidder on a public project defrauds the State, the State is refused any remedies. Well, apparently the Louisiana Supreme Court agreed with me (for once), because it […]

For Louisiana Contractors Bidding on Public Works Projects: This Case is for You

For all you Louisiana public works contractors out there bidding for public works projects to expand your private business or bidding for public works projects because that’s what you’ve always done – whatever the case may be - the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is on your side. For cities and states trying to construct […]