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    Construction Law Now Blog

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    Business
    Crisis Management: Are You Ready for the BIG Surprise?

    Having designated legal counsel is critical to any comprehensive crisis management strategy. Whether you are in pre-crisis, crisis or post-crisis—having an attorney involved in your decision-making process can be the difference between surviving ...

    Consumer Protection
    New Changes to Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law Take Effect
    BY Jason A. Copley, Daniel E. Fierstein

    On July 9, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill (S.B. 145) into law that amends the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 (the “Lien Law”). The new law took effect on September 8, 2014 and affects subcontractor ...

    Consumer Protection
    Shafer Electric & Construction v. Mantia: PA Supreme Court holds that noncompliance with the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act does not entitle homeowners to free work
    BY Matthew L. Erlanger

    Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”), which went into effect in 2009, generally requires that home improvement contracts be in writing and contain thirteen specific items (including the ...

    Business
    The Consequences To A Contractor: The Case Of A Harsh On-Line Review

    Forums like Angie’s List, Yelp, or even Yahoo Community Listserves allow homeowners and other contractor clients to recommend a contractor for a job well done. Just as often, however, disgruntled clients use these venues to vent about shoddy ...

    Consumer Protection
    Homeowners Affected by Stucco Defects Should Watch This Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case

    Unfortunately, dealing with the serious and often financially debilitating issues related to defective stucco is nothing new to many Pennsylvania homeowners. In addition to repairing defective work, a homeowner’s status as a first purchaser of ...

    Consumer Protection
    On a Construction Site: Think Before You Speak
    BY Kathleen M. Morley

    By: Kathleen M. Morley and Jennifer M. Horn The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently issued a decision in the case of Bennett v. Masterpiece Homes et al. in which the Court found that an owner of a construction company personally assumed ...