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A Supreme Slap on the Wrist for Careless Creditors

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued in the summer of 2019, Taggart v. Lorenzen, 587 U.S. __ (2019), will hold creditors' feet closer to the fire. In its unanimous decision, authored by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court decided that creditors are not immune to civil contempt charges for pursuing debts already discharged in bankruptcy. Its ruling overturned a Ninth Circuit Court decision that effectively gave creditors, who were already engaged in collection actions, a pass for presuming that formal bankruptcy discharge orders do not apply to them.

What are the most common reasons for construction disputes?

When you decide to get involved in construction projects of any size, you should consider your potential liability. As part of that process, you should strongly consider purchasing appropriate insurance and making sure you understand the laws that apply to the project. In most cases, these steps are only the beginning of the analysis.

What you should know about New Jersey's construction lien law

Disputes are not uncommon during construction projects. Oftentimes a contractor and property owner sort out these issues as they arise, with neither party the worse for wear. Occasionally, however, these disagreements extend beyond the conclusion of the project. The dissatisfied property owner refuses to pay their bill in full, accusing the builder of subpar work, warranty violations and delays.

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