In the News
- Pennsylvania has Enacted Changes Effective December 31, 2016 to the Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Law (the “Act”) Which May Impact Your Business. The new changes are intended to create a more structured notice procedure by creating a searchable electronic central repository where notices will be filed. A primary purpose is to provide Owners and General Contractors with the ability to determine whether Subcontractors, Second-tier Subcontractors and Suppliers have received payment before issuing final payment. Read the full article here.
- Davis Bucco Named 2012 Associate Member of the Year January 10, 2013, Davis Bucco, a Philadelphia law firm specializing in construction law, business and commercial law and labor and employment law, was named 2012 Associate Member of the Year Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Read the full press release here.
- Pennsylvania Court Rules Owner has no Liability for Injuries to Subcontractor on Worksite On July 24, 2012, the Court on Common Pleas of Lehigh County dismissed claims filed by an injured worker against a building owner. Read the full article here.
- Anti-Indemnity Statues and Contractual Indemnification for Construction Contracts Contractual indemnity agreements transfer risk by providing for a third party to compensate another for losses or damages that arise from the contracted action. Read the full article.
- PA Superior Court Ruling Brings Significant Changes to Mechanics’ Lien Law Under Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law (the “Lien Law”), only a “contractor” or “subcontractor” is permitted to file a lien claim against an owner of property, 49 P.S. § 1303 (a), for the payment of debts due by the owner to the contractor or by the contractor to any of his subcontractors for labor or materials furnished during a project. Read the full article.
- Successful Litigation by Davis Bucco in Pennsylvania Supreme Court May Impact Corporate De Facto Merger Test and Successor Liabilities – April 2012
Davis, Bucco & Ardizzi successfully overturned a Superior Court decision Fizzano Brothers Concrete Products Inc. v. XLN Inc. Read the full press release.
- Superior Court Affirms $2.3 Million Award Against General Contractor for Fraud Against Owner – October 2012 The Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed an award entered against a general contractor in excess of $2.3 millon for a fraud scheme it perpetuated during the course of a $79 million construction project. Read the full article.
Upcoming Events and Seminars
- AIA or ConsensusDOCS? AIA and ConsensusDOCS are the two most commonly used standard form contract document series in the industry. Learn the major differences between the two document families and decide which one is right for you. On Oct. 9, 2012 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Dave Davis, Esquire, of Davis, Bucco & Ardizzi will be presenting on both at the ABC Training Room, located at 430 West Germantown Pike in East Norriton, PA. Register at www.abceastpa.org.
- Change Order Management It is estimated that proper management of change orders can result in a 2%-5% increase in profits on any given project. This seminar will help you find and manage change orders, facilitate change order approval, avoid disputes, reduce your stress and increase your profits.
- Legal Relationships Between Contractors and Suppliers Do you know how bound you are to a verbal quote? What happens if a purchase order differs from the quote? What effect will late, wrong or no delivery have on your agreement? What rights do suppliers have in the event of non-payment? This seminar will fully answer these questions while addressing the significant legalities of the contractor/supplier relationship.
- Getting Paid Without Litigation Everyone knows that getting paid for your work, in a timely manner, is crucial to your business’ cash flow. Being able to collect on outstanding accounts can be your greatest obstacle. If you hire an attorney to help, you will reduce your profits. This seminar will provide strategies and procedures to improve your chances of creative positive cash flow.