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Tagged: CASPA, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Subcontractors
Manner of service. Service of the notice of filing of claim shall be made by an adult in the same manner as a writ of summons in assumpsit, or if service cannot be so made then by posting upon a conspicuous part of the improvement.Interpreting this requirement, the court commented that the language of section 502(c) means service of notice of filing a claim must be made “in person by the sheriff to the extent practicable” and “[o]nce the claimant establishes that personal service has not been successful, the statute permits posting as an alternative method of service.” Notably, the project owner was Buffalo Wild Wings – an entity whose corporate headquarters are outside the Commonwealth. Thus, one might expect the claimant could have argued its service complied with Rules 403 and 404. However the opinion makes no mention of this argument and contains no discussion of the interplay, if any, between section 502(c) of the Lien Law and the service rules. Thus, one could read the Babich decision to implicitly prohibit service of a lien claim outside the Commonwealth via mail as contemplated by Rules 403 and 404, and instead, require service of a lien claim by sheriff, and if the sheriff is unable to effectuate service, then by posting. Also notable from the Babich decision, the Superior Court reaffirmed its position that statutory requirements dealing with notice and service (i.e. procedural requirements) are subject to strict interpretation while statutory requirements dealing with the form of notice or claim (i.e. the substantive information contained within a notice or claim) is subject to a more liberal substantial compliance standard. The attorneys' in Babst Calland's Construction Group are available to answer any questions you may have about Pennsylvania's Lien Law.
Tagged: Mechanics' lien, Subcontractors
Tagged: Commonwealth Procurement Code, Construction Contracts, Procurement Code, Public Construction Projects
Tagged: Mechanics' lien, Seminars
Tagged: Construction Contracts, Design-Build, Industry news
Tagged: Federal Construction Projects, Industry news, Public Construction Projects
Tagged: Breach of contract, Construction, Construction Contracts, Construction lien waiver, Release, Summary judgment, Waivers
Tagged: Industry news, OSHA Regulations
Tagged: CASPA, Construction Economics, Contract Clauses, Industry news
Tagged: Bilt-Rite, Construction Legislation, Industry news, NUCA of PA, Pennsylvania One Call, Utility Delays