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Chicago Partner’s Article on Illinois Mechanics Lien Act Published in SubStance Magazine

by James T. Rohlfing This was published as an article called, “Courts Put Teeth in Attorney Fee Section of Illinois Mechanics Lien Act” in the December 2016 issue of SubStance Magazine. Two recent Illinois cases have strengthened the section of the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (the “Lien Act”) which, in essence, provides that if a […]

Chicago Partner Published in ABA Forum November 2016 Newsletter

by W. Matthew Bryant This was published as an article called, “Extended Warranties in Bonded Contracts: Effects on Bond Obligations, Costs and Negotiating Tips” in the ABA Forum on Construction’s November 2016 newsletter, Insurance, Surety & Liens. Mr. Bryant co-authored it with Ciara C. Young of Kinsley Construction, Inc. Extended warranty periods are becoming increasingly common in construction contracts. […]

The Miller Act Trap: How to Protect Your Rights

by Patrick J. Johnson The Miller Act 40 U.S.C. § 3131 – § 3134, requires that any contractor performing construction on a federal building or public work over $100,000 furnish bonds guaranteeing payment to subcontractors and completion of the project. Under the Act the party having a contractual relationship with a subcontractor but no contractual relationship […]

West Palm Partners Co-Author Daily Business Review Column on Downtown Condo Projects

by Steven L. Daniels and Joshua M. Atlas This was published as a column called, “Downtown West Palm Condos Compete With New Luxury Units,” on August 11, 2016, in the Daily Business Review.  Now that the Great Recession has been officially over for several years, many new residential projects are either under construction or on the drawing boards throughout […]

DOL Announces Final FLSA Overtime Regulations

by E. Jason Tremblay This was published as a Feature Story in the June 2016 edition of SubStance Magazine, which is distributed by the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association. On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division released its final updated FLSA overtime regulations. While some of the […]

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Kilo of Corybantic Cure

by Steven N. Malitz This was published as a Feature Story in the June 2016 edition of SubStance Magazine, which is distributed by the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association. Jethro and Wally owned Twisted Mechanical Contractors for 20 prosperous years, on a “hand-shake deal.” Jethro started an unrelated, non-competitive business – a plumbing company. Claiming […]

Modified Law Not Enough to Protect Lien Rights

by W. Matthew Bryant and James T. Rohlfing This was published as a Feature Story in the June 2016 edition of SubStance Magazine, which is distributed by the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association. IMSCA drafted, promoted and successfully passed an amendment to section 34 of the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act that became effective in […]