payment Archive

Ruling in Favor of an Unpaid Subcontractor, the Ninth District Court of Appeals Finds Not All Pay-if-Paid Clauses Are the Same

In Ohio Fabricators, Inc. v. Aster Elements, Inc., 2019-Ohio-3978, Ohio’s Ninth District Court of Appeals recently refused to uphold a purported pay-if-paid clause despite the fact the clause included the phrase “condition precedent.” In the past, the use of the term “condition precedent” normally signified the payment terms were “pay-if-paid,” which required the general contractor to […]

5 Ways to Attack a “Pay if Paid” Clause

“Pay when Paid” in many jurisdictions – including Ohio – means that while timing of payment may be delayed, there still is obligation to pay the sub within a reasonable period of time. In contrast, “Pay if Paid” (frequently utilizing words like “if” and “condition precedent”) means that not only timing, but also entitlement to […]

“Pay-if-Paid” No Defense to Miller Act Claim

“Pay-if-paid” clauses are finding their way into subcontracts with increasing frequency. These clauses tie the subcontractor’s right to payment to the contractor’s receipt of payment from the owner. Federal projects require the contractor to post a “Miller Act” payment bond guaranteeing timely payment to subcontractors and suppliers. A recent case out of Virginia has answered […]

Debunking the Top Ten Payment Myths

Payment is the lifeblood of any contractor, subcontractor or supplier. Yet many myths adversely affect your ability to timely secure payment. Here is my personal top ten. 1. “Don’t worry about it, we can always lien.” While lien rights are important, they are not a substitute for good credit practices. Lien rights only attach to any […]

Preemptive Actions for Construction Collections

In a quick-paced world, getting paid promptly is key to many construction businesses. In order to do so, preemptive actions on the front end of your relationships with contractors and general managers is best. Here are a few quick tips to help you get out in front of the curve towards successful collections. 1. Initially, get as […]