Minnesota’s New Proposed Construction

According to Twincities.com, the Governor Mark Dayton of  Minnesota has planned for $986 million of state funding to be used for construction projects ranging from civic center upgrades to college campuses. Dayton proposed his wish list to the Legislature.  The larger projects on the list are needed to pass because they involve the state borrowing […]

Minnesota: What contractors need to know about the Contractor Registration Pilot Project

The following article was written by Michael B. Lapicola and Hanna L. Terhaar of Faegre Baker Daniels. Beginning in July, 2012 and before September 15, 2012, most contractors and subcontractors in the building construction industry will be required to register with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry in the Contractor Registration Pilot Project (“Pilot Project”). It […]

Are Pay If Paid Clauses Enforceable?

An age old story in construction is as follows: the owner doesn’t pay the contractor, and a subcontractor, who has performed its work diligently and according to its contract, doesn’t get paid either. Most of these situations arise because the subcontract contains “pay when paid” or “pay-if-paid” clauses. These clauses shift the risk of nonpayment […]