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This is the second part in this series. Part one addressed force majeure clauses in construction contracts and how a material supplier may have bound itself to all the terms of the general contractor’s contract documents.  That incorporation can bring the force majeure clause into play for a supplier. It also bypasses the underlying Uniform

Construction is an essential business under Minnesota’s Stay at Home order. The order itself, has not shuttered construction projects—yet–but there are many other potential impacts of the current COVID-19 crisis on those projects including disruption of supply chains.

Most prime contracts and many subcontracts include force majeure clauses to address the impacts of unforeseen events.

Sometimes construction material or equipment the contractor buys turns out to be defective.  It leaks. A part is missing.  Something simply does not function straight from the box.  Jumping on the defect claim may not seem to have highest priority in the middle of a construction project.  “Back charge” may the automatic response, but it

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

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

Lien waivers do not get the respect they deserve in the realm of protecting the rights to payment in construction. In a prior post in this series we shifted the focus to the owner’s perspective on the problems of liens and payment including the need for collecting lien waivers. Lien waivers are important to both