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Service Rules for Mechanics’ Liens in Pennsylvania

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Construction Industry News on Oct 17, 2017.

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas decision in Bertino v. Clark-Dougherty, 2017 WL 4330687 (2017) is a reminder that the service rules for mechanics’ liens in Pennsylvania must be strictly followed.  In Bertino, the court granted preliminary objections and struck a mechanics’ lien claim because service of the notice of filing of the lien was made improperly, even though the property owner actually received the notice.  The Court found that service on the out-of-state property owner by regular mail, after a certified mailing went undelivered, was improper. Further, the lien claimant failed to file an affidavit of service within twenty days of the supposed service, as required by the mechanics’ lien law.  Due to the very technical nature of the lien law’s requirements, and because these requirement will be strict enforced, potential lien claimants should always consult counsel before attempting to perfect lien rights.  

Pennsylvania Superior Court Decided

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Construction Industry News on Oct 6, 2017.

On September 27, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court decided that the Bilt-Rite case, which held that an architect could be liable to a contractor for negligent misrepresentation, applies to other professionals as well.  The Court therefore reversed a trial court decision in favor of an accountant, stating that: “We find the court applied a too narrow reading to Bilt-Rite in determining that the case only concerns disputes involving an architect/contractor scenario. Rather, we conclude Bilt-Rite can be applied to other factual scenarios where a party is providing professional information that is designed to be relied upon by a third party.”  The case may be found at this link: http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/24161563.       

Celebrating Labor Day

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Sep 5, 2016.

Wishing all those who work so hard to help build this country and make her great a wonderful Labor Day. Thanks for all you do and for letting Kaplin Stewart be part of your great industry.

Get Ready For Our Fall Seminar Series!

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Jun 16, 2016.

On the heels of our successful Spring Seminar Series, Kaplin Stewart’s Construction Law Group is in the process of planning its next program offering. Our Fall Seminar Series will follow a similar set-up to our Spring Seminar Series and offer some great new topics. We will have another announcement in the near future with more details, but here are some of the particulars.

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On Memorial Day, We Remember

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on May 30, 2016.

At Kaplin Stewart, we recognize that America is great because of the people that serve her and its people.  Those who work in the military, the police, and as firefighters are among our nation’s finest.  They put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – asking for very little in return.  Some – who we especially remember on Memorial Day – pay the ultimate sacrifice by laying their lives down in the line of duty.  For that, we are eternally grateful. We could never repay that debt.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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On Memorial Day, We Remember

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on May 30, 2016.

At Kaplin Stewart, we recognize that America is great because of the people that serve her and its people.  Those who work in the military, the police, and as firefighters are among our nation’s finest.  They put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – asking for very little in return.  Some – who we especially remember on Memorial Day – pay the ultimate sacrifice by laying their lives down in the line of duty.  For that, we are eternally grateful. We could never repay that debt.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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Villanova Was Philly Strong

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Apr 5, 2016.

The City of Philadelphia and its people take a great deal of pride in any number of things – and rightly so. From great food and fantastic culture to a history older than America itself, there is so much to appreciate about the place we call home. But ask any Philadelphian what they are most proud of and they will tell you, perhaps in their own way, it’s the City’s indomitable spirit.

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Kaplin Stewart Construction Lawyers to Speak at National MBCEA Conference

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Mar 23, 2016.

The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association will be hosting its annual national conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida, in May. The Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association serves participants in the metal building industry, including contractors, erectors, and suppliers. Its goal is to provide exceptional training and education that allows its members to succeed and raises the profile of the metal building industry.

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Kaplin Stewart Now Has a Surety Blog!

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Bonding and Surety on Mar 21, 2016.

At Kaplin Stewart, we strive every day to add value to the businesses of our clients and potential clients.  We are thrilled to announce the start of another one of these efforts – our construction surety law blog!  The surety industry is one which we represent regularly; and we believe that it is a niche with specific issues that merit a special comment from time to time.  So we hope you will read the blog and join the conversation.

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