Lack Of Contract Dooms Mechanics' Liens, Pa. Justices Told

Law360, Philadelphia (December 10, 2013, 3:54 PM ET) -- A pair of homeowners told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday that a recent decision allowing contractors to collect on mechanics’ lien claims without a valid written agreement with their customers would render key provisions of the state’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act meaningless.

Raymond and Donna Mantia, a Washington County couple slapped with a $38,000 mechanics’ lien for home improvement work on the couple’s garage, said that a precedential May decision by the Superior Court would improperly allow contractors to avoid their responsibility under HICPA...
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