Under Minnesota law, a contractor may collect reasonable attorneys’ fees in a mechanics’ lien foreclosure action even if the property is a homestead. The amount of the award is in the discretion of the court. That is not the case in every state as recently illustrated in Iowa.

Historically, Iowa has liberally construed its mechanics’

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

Dave Hammargren a construction, arbitration, and surety litigation attorneyA statute of repose defines the date by which a particular type of claim must be asserted before it becomes untimely, or “stale,” and can no longer be pursued.  This provides designers and builders of construction projects some security that, after a certain date, they cannot be hauled into court to answer for their alleged

The development community has long maintained that the practice of cities exacting transportation fees or charges from developers as a condition of development approval is illegal, but the issue had not been directly and fully addressed by the courts until the Minnesota Supreme Court handed down its decision in Harstad v. City of Woodbury in

In December 2018, President Trump made his third appointment to the NLRB, giving the Republicans a majority on the five-person Board. 2019 has seen a number of Board decisions in which the Board reversed or narrowed its decisions made by a Board which was controlled by Democratic appointees.

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In 2014, the NLRB

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

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