NC Bar – UMCNC host joint meeting on proposed changes to the lien and bond law

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The NC Bar Association Construction Law Section and United Minority Contractors of North Carolina Joint Committee announced a symposium on the proposed legislative changes to North Carolina lien and bond law. The special meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 21, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Benson Center, Room 400, on the campus of Wake Forest University.

The Committee serves as a forum for sharing information about legal and legislative developments affecting minority, women, veteran and disabled veteran contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and materialmen, and the construction industry as a whole. The Committee seeks to foster relationships between the minority, women, veteran and disabled veteran contractor community and NC Bar Association construction lawyers.

Due to the number of attendees and the space, there will not be an option to participate via conference call. Please respond to the Joint Committee Chair Bonnie Keith Green at bgreen@slk-law.com by Friday, January 14 if you plan to attend. An agenda will be circulated prior to the meeting.

The North Carolina Bar Association’s Construction Law Section Lien and Bond Law Revision Committee hosted a public meeting on January 4 in Cary for the purpose of explaining and discussing a preliminary draft of proposed revisions to the NC Lien and Bond Law. The drafting committee is attempting to revise the statutes to comport more closely with current industry practices and to address case law and economic conditions which have revealed deficiencies or troubling sections of the existing law.

Nexsen Pruet attorneys Eric Biesecker, Richard Wilson, and David Luzum recently filed an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, Brief for the American Subcontractors Association and ASA of the Carolinas in the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The case was Wachovia Bank v. Superior Construction, involving the effect of interim lien waivers on the relation back of lien rights. “The protections afforded contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers through mechanics’ and laborers’ liens are essential to the survival of the construction industry,” according to the brief. Read More.

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