Many contractors don’t understand the difference between lien rights for public and private jobs. Lien rights vary depending on whether the job is public, or private, and commercial or residential.

If you’re doing residential construction in Texas you need to understand the Deceptive Trade Practices Act (“DTPA”). Most of the residential construction claims will be made under the DTPA so understanding the act could help you to shield yourself from liability.

You have to be careful when doing residential projects. First, residential jobs generally come with a higher risk of litigation because a great deal of protection is given to homeowners and consumers under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Secondly, in Texas, the Property Code requires that you jump through extra hoops to perfect a lien…

Most construction projects are either public or private in nature. When the government owns the property forming the basis of the project, the project is considered public and when a private individual or company owns the property, it’s considered a private project. The classification is generally most important in two contexts, remedies in the event…

In an earlier post I explained the difficulties subcontractors face when trying to protect themselves against non-payment. Difficulties in complying with The Texas Property Code make perfection difficult for subs. However, The Texas Construction Trust Fund Act does give some protection. According to the act, a contractor, subcontractor, or owner or an officer, director, or…

Zachry Constr. Corp. v. Port of Houston Auth. Limits On Contractual Freedom In Construction Generally speaking, as long as your contract isn’t illegal or unconscionable, courts have a tendency to allow parties to enter into agreements at their own risk. Courts reason that any mitigation of risk can and should be negotiated by the parties…

Texas courts generally apply the Spearin doctrine that the owner implicitly warrants to the contractor the sufficiency of the drawings and specifications. See Shintech Inc. v. Group Constructors, Inc., 688 S.W.2d 144, 151 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 1985, no writ); see generally United States v. Spearin, 248 U.S. 132, 39 S. Ct. 59, 63 L. Ed….

The builder-vendor of a house impliedly warrants that the house was constructed in a good and workmanlike manner and is suitable for human habitation Humber v. Morton, 426 S.W.2d 554, 555 (Tex. 1968); Codner v. Arellano, 40 S.W.3d 666, 672 (Tex. App.—Austin 2001, no pet.) (implied warranty to perform services to repair or modify existing…

The LAW Essentially, the economic loss rule states that with regard to unintentional torts such as negligence, and negligent misrepresentation, there can be no recovery for the plaintiff unless the plaintiff suffers some form of physical injury. See LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Const. Co., Inc., 11-0810, 2014 WL 2789097 (Tex. June 20, 2014). Purely…

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