Category Archives: Construction Law

Miller Act Bond Claims Subject to “Pay If Paid”. . . Sometimes

Originally posted 2010-04-05 09:00:25. The Federal Miller Act is a great tool that subcontractors and suppliers on Federal projects can use for collection of wrongfully withheld amounts due.  However, as a recent federal case from the Eastern District of Virginia points out, the construction contract’s terms affect when a subcontractor or supplier can use this…

Reminder: Know Your Contractor Licensing Rules

In the course of my construction law practice, I have the pleasure of speaking with and talking to contractors and subcontractors that are based in Virginia and also based in other states.  With the more nationalized construction landscape due to the constricted construction economy, I have more and more interaction with the latter category. When…

Think Twice About Heading to Court with a Construction Claim

Here at Construction Law Musings, I have discussed many areas of the law relating to construction claims.  Most of this discussion has focuses on the claim itself, whether made by breach of contract lawsuit, payment bond claim or mechanic’s lien.  The latter two of these types of claims can and should lead to collection, either…

Old and New Business Strategies to Weather the Construction Recession

Originally posted 2010-02-22 09:00:01. The construction world has been hit with story after story of the hard times that have hit those in commercial and residential construction markets.  Doom and gloom is everywhere.  Capacity built up in the good years led to larger construction companies that now have to deal with bidding wars (and the…

The Nuts and Bolts of a Payment Bond Claim in VA

After a week off from posting, much of it dealing with payment bond claims, I am back with a basic, but necessary refresher on these claims.  A payment bond on a construction project (whether private or public) gives an unpaid subcontractor or supplier another collection option outside of a breach of contract action, or in…

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