Mechanic’s Lien Law – Big Changes for Big Projects

Mechanic’s Lien Law – Big Changes for Big Projects

In the not so distant future, participants on construction projects in Pennsylvania can look forward to navigating radically new notice procedures necessary to allow, preserve and execute on mechanic’s lien rights. In October of this year the Mechanic’s Lien Law was changed by amendment providing for a mandatory on-line registration process for project owners and

Construction Employers Add 16,000 Jobs in September

Construction Employers Add 16,000 Jobs in September

From the Associated General Contractors today, some good news: “Construction employers added 16,000 jobs and the sector’s unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, the lowest rate for September in years, according to an analysis released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the construction employment gains come as more firms report

Banks Gain Leverage in Pennsylvania Lien Law Amendments

Banks Gain Leverage in Pennsylvania Lien Law Amendments

Effective September 7, 2014 Pennsylvania’s Mechanics Lien Law is amended with provisions that effectively weaken and subordinate the security of the lien when compared to open ended mortgages used for construction financing. Because mechanic’s liens provide a security interest for contractors and suppliers who improve property, these liens protect their legitimate interests by ensuring payment

Expansion of Architect Liability to Remote Purchasers

Expansion of Architect Liability to Remote Purchasers

A case from the highest authority on the left coast has many architects and engineers scrambling to find coverage for potentially calamitous professional liability claims never before anticipated. The California Supreme Court recently found that a principal architect owes a duty of care to subsequent condominium purchasers in Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings