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The Construction Law Society of America (“CLSA”), an international association of the world’s best construction lawyers, has named Matt Hjortsberg a fellow of the Society.  Evaluated for effectiveness, accomplishment in construction law, and ethical reputation, Matt will join one of the honorary trial orders that recognizes fellows who have tried and arbitrated cases at accomplished…

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On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court decided that an out-of-state seller can be required to collect sales tax in a state even if the seller doesn’t have a physical presence there. In doing so, the Court expressly overruled its own longstanding precedent. The primary practical impact of the decision is that internet sellers…

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On May 24, 2018, the Court of Appeals of Maryland filed its decision in Young Electrical Contractors, Inc. v. Dustin Construction, Inc. In its decision, the Court of Appeals analyzed a Subcontract under Virginia law to determine whether the payment provisions in the Subcontract were “paid-if-paid” or “paidwhen-paid” provisions. The Circuit Court held that a…

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Mechanics’ liens are important tools to ensure payment for general contractors and subcontractors for construction projects. However, because mechanics’ liens are a statutory creation, the requirements to obtain a mechanics’ lien vary by jurisdiction.  In Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C., general contractors and subcontractors must understand the different requirements, which include different pre-lien requirements, different…

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Maryland subcontractors need to ensure they are in compliance with all regulatory and licensing requirements before performing work on residential buildings or they may be left with nothing to show for it.  Maryland law clearly prohibits a subcontractor from performing work on a residence without a home improvement license and the failure to have a…

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The Maryland Construction Trust statute protects subcontractors from dishonest practices by general and higher tiered subcontractors by making officers, directors, and managing agents personally liable when such agents knowingly use monies held in trust improperly.  A recent case by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals clarified the applicability of the Maryland Construction Trust statute, limiting…

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The Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals (“MSBCA”) determined that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the Supplemental Bid-Protest Appeal (the “Protest”) because the protestor did not file the Protest in a timely manner.  That is, the protestor did not file the Protest within seven days’ time, as required by COMAR 21.10.02.03B.  MSBCA stated…

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In Turlington Valuation Associates, Inc., MSBCA No. 2959 at 1 (May 11, 2016), the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals (“MSBCA”) denied the appeal of Turlington Valuation Associates, Inc. (“Turlington”) after Turlington failed to make good faith efforts to meet the Minority Business Enterprise  (“MBE”) goals.  In its appeal, Turlington sought a waiver for the…

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