I just received an update from Kent Starwalt at the Tennessee Association of Road Builders and Brian Egan, Construction Division Director at TDOT, regarding new state requirements for payment and performance bonds in Tennessee. The requirements apply to "contractors entering into contracts with any city, county or state authority for public works within this state."
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First Material Breach Rule Applied in Minor Construction Dispute
I have often wondered whether there is such a thing as too small a dispute. Well, the parties in Earl Faulkner v. Tom Emmett Construction Company (pdf) determined to take their $3,000 construction dispute to the Tennessee Court of Appeals. In the end, the Court gave some good instructions on the "first material breach" rule, which…
Tennessee Mechanic’s Lien Laws: Timing is Everything
The Tennessee Court of Appeals released another opinion in a construction dispute earlier this week. In East Tennessee Grading v. Bank of America (.pdf), the court grappled with competing ownership claims and made its decision primarily on grounds of timing.
In this case, the owner of a residential development did not pay the…