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Pay-if-paid clauses make a prime contractor’s payment to a subcontractor contingent on the prime contractor receiving payment from the project owner. A recent federal court case illustrates how the failure to include a pay-if-paid clause can end up with a prime contractor paying one of its subcontractors out of pocket. In Phillips and Jordan, Inc. v. McCarthy Improvement Co., a prime contractor was awarded a design-build contract for the construction of a $31 million roadway project…
Some of the scariest risks I have helped clients address – in terms of potential claim value, meeting exacting performance requirements, and the inability to transfer risk by contract – relate to “accessibility standards,” like Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act (FHA).  Some of the largest dollar value claims I have defended – setting aside those arising from “mega projects” costing north of $500M to $1B-plus, which throw off enormous claims due…
Securing your lien rights on a construction project is crucial to ensuring that you get paid what you’ve earned. Throughout the progress of the project, you’ll assuredly be asked to sign one or more lien waivers in exchange for payment. Don’t stress: This is a common practice. But depending on the state, there may be some additional rules and requirements that need to be met to properly execute a lien waiver. Georgia is one such…
Starting a contracting business in Virginia is a big step, and it takes some careful planning. Between bidding jobs, lining up subs and materials, and other day-to-day activities, there’s a lot going on. And, squaring away your Virginia contractor licensing requirements needs to be a priority. Levelset’s here to help. We’ve put together this article to help you better understand Virginia contractor licensing requirements and which licenses you might have to carry. Keep reading to…

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