Author Archives: Kevin Watson

Pennsylvania Takes Action Against Builder of Stucco Homes

Pennsylvania Takes Action Against Builder of Stucco Homes

Pennsylvania has taken action under its consumer fraud statute to prosecute a builder for deceptive practices in connection with a builder of Stucco homes. This action potentially gives redress for homeowners who are not otherwise able to pursue damages either because they are not the original homeowners as required under the Conway case, or the

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

Pennsylvania Limits Homeowner Claims against Builders

Pennsylvania Limits Homeowner Claims against Builders

Apparently looking to stem recent proliferation of homeowner lawsuits against builders for construction defects, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision yesterday limiting the ability of subsequent home purchasers to pursue legal action against the original builder. On August 18, 2014, in Conway v. Cutler, No. 80 MAP 2013 (Pa. Aug. 18, 2014), the Pennsylvania Supreme

Remedial Work Does Not Toll Mechanics Lien Statute

Remedial Work Does Not Toll Mechanics Lien Statute

Mechanic’s lien rights are a powerful legal remedy for contractors looking to secure and pursue payment. Statutes prescribing mechanic’s lien rights detail the format of the lien and time period for creating the lien. Timing is everything. The Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien Law of 1964 specifically states that in order to preserve lien rights, a contractor,