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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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General Contractor Liability for Unpaid Wages An employee of subcontractors or sub-subcontractor can sue the general contractors for unpaid wages. The general contractor is now responsible for ensuring that subcontractors are paying employees. The subcontractor must indemnify the general contractor for unpaid wages. Procurement – Architectural Services and Engineering Services – Reciprocal Preference The legislation…

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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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