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How Much Time do I Have to File a Construction-Defect Action Against a Contractor Who Performed Services on my Home?

In one context or another, we often hear or utter the words "time is of the essence." But what does this actually mean for property owners who wish to sue a contractor for construction-defects on their property? In short, it means that the aggrieved property owner must file a lawsuit within a specific timeframe or risk having the case dismissed. Not to worry, however, as these statutes provide a relatively generous amount of time in which to bring an action. A brief breakdown of the relative statute of limitation and statute of repose is helpful in determining whether time is really of the essence in your particular case.

Can My Contractor Put a Lien on my Property?

We receive many calls from property owners who are in a dispute with a contractor. Most of them ask: can my contractor place a lien on my property? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. To make matters worse, even subcontractors or material suppliers with whom you never even entered a contract on the project may also have lien rights. Before panic sets in, you should know that these potential lienholders are subject to very strict limitations on both the timing and form of their filings. If they make even an honest or seemingly harmless mistake, their lien rights may be wiped out entirely. Let's blog!

Uber's massive miscalculation

Independent contractors are business owners in their own right. Fueled by a healthy “gig economy,” they enjoy the freedom, flexibility and unlimited revenue potential that comes with entrepreneurship. With that albeit risky upside, the downside involves little, if any of the rights usually afforded to hourly and salaried employees.

Common Contract Disputes in Construction Litigation

Disputes involving construction projects can be complex. These disputes often arise between a property owner and a contractor, but can also involve subcontractors, property managers, construction managers and even licensed professionals like architects and engineers.

Understanding what constitutes 'unfair competition'

While it is common for businesses engage in competition, it is important that their actions remain lawful. However, some businesses can become too competitive and begin engaging in unlawful business practices. These actions fall under the business tort known as “unfair competition.”

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