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Dec 05, 2017

The Ever-Changing Definition of “Substantially Complete” Under Pennsylvania’s Mechanic’s Lien Law

By now most contractors are (or should be) aware of the deadline imposed by Pennsylvania law for filing a Mechanic’s Lien.  For those of you who are not – a contractor or subcontractor must file the lien within six months after it has “substantially” completed work on the project.  » Read More

Jul 07, 2015

The Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act Found Inapplicable to Government Contractors

Enacted in 1994, the Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) was intended to provide contractors and subcontractors with additional remedies against persons or entities that do not pay them for their services.  Historically, CASPA has applied to all construction contracts and subcontracts within Pennsylvania, with limited exceptions as set forth in the Act.  » Read More

Oct 21, 2013

Builders Beware

If you are a property owner building a home or a commercial site, you probably assume that you are protected against defective or shoddy work by some form of insurance, right?  After all, you checked to make sure your contractor was fully insured…and, on top of that, you have a comprehensive homeowners’ or business property insurance policy.  » Read More

Jul 11, 2013

Norris McLaughlin Partner Chuck Smith Discusses Allentown’s Demolition Code in the Morning Call

On July 1st, the Morning Call ran a front page story about how the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone, Allentown Industrial Development Authority, the City of Allentown, building owners, developers, lawyers and engineers are ensuring public safety by going above and beyond required legal requirements during redevelopment around the hockey arena site.  » Read More

May 02, 2010

Lead-Safe Practices – What Contractors Need To Know

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new rule. Beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. » Read More