In each state, statutes govern the right to a construction lien.  It is almost inevitable that someone, someday, will not meet a required step.  The lien is lost, and with it, whatever leverage or payment security it represented.

There is still a balance to collect—unless the creditor has improvidently signed something that also waives the

One of the most challenging aspects of an attorney’s job is to advise a client regarding possible litigation.  I think of myself as a pragmatic business lawyer whose primary job is to help my clients achieve their business objectives.  I much prefer to accomplish this through time spent on advocacy, negotiation and problem solving.  Litigation

The language of a policyholder’s insurance policy determines whether all those premiums will translate into dollars paid after a loss.  For the most part, it is the insurance company that controls that language.  Therefore, it is very important that policyholders pay attention to that language at the time they buy insurance to be sure that

When the gales of early winter whip up the waters of the Great Lakes, rock formations and sand beaches take a beating and often give way to the force of these majestic water bodies. We’ve seen recent headlines announcing the fall of the “sea stack” on Minnesota’s north shore as a winter storm reduced

Over the last year and a half, St. Paul civic and business leaders have frequently commented on a growing number of commercial vacancies along the Grand Avenue business district as a number of longtime restaurants and retail establishments have either closed or relocated.  The loss of high-profile businesses, particularly near Victoria Crossing, has led many

This continues our blog post series on protecting payment in the construction industry. In this post, we ask the question, “Can a Pay If Paid clause bar a Minnesota lien or bond claim?” Despite the contract language, the answer might be: no.

Contingent payment language is common in contracts between prime contractors and subcontractors. The

Whether a business’s employees are represented by a union or not, all builders should be concerned about the pending Protecting the Right to Organize Act (“PRO Act”) being considered by Congress.  If enacted, the PRO Act will alter fundamental principles of labor law and significantly prejudice the rights of employers. Supporters of the PRO Act