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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.  While six months is a fairly easy date to mark on your calendar, what is not so easy is determining what the law means by “substantially complete.”» 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.  By Opinion dated June 15, 2015, however, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unanimously decided that CASPA does not apply to construction projects where the project owner is a government entity.» 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.  The scary truth, however, is that even the most comprehensive insurance policy – whether your own or your contractor’s – usually does not provide coverage for defective workmanship.» Read More

Aug 08, 2013

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Oil: Understanding Environmental Risks Can Create Opportunities

On September 25, 2013, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus will host a seminar, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Oil: Understanding Environmental Risks Can Create Opportunities.  Presenters include members of the firm’s Environmental Law Group John F. Lushis, Esq., and Jeffrey M. Casaletto, Esq.; Betsy Schamberger, President of Moonstone Environmental; and Tracy Oscavich, Director of Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative. This seminar is designed to help developers, investors, commercial brokers, business owners, commercial lenders, and municipalities understand how to handle environmental issues – and how common environmental “deal killers” can actually create additional business opportunities.» 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.  This topic is of interest in the wake of a recent wall collapse in Philadelphia that killed six people and injured many others in a Salvation Army store during an unsafe demolition of an adjacent property.» 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. Lead-safe work practices follow three simple procedures: contain work area, minimize dust, and clean up thoroughly. » Read More