Case Study: Stone Crafters V. Safeco Insurance

Law360, New York (November 3, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT) -- A recent decision from a federal court applying Virginia law underscores the legal significance of lien waivers and the importance of following change order provisions in a contract. In Artistic Stone Crafters Inc. v. Safeco Ins. Co., et al., a subcontractor signed a subcontract requiring 1) that it submit a lien waiver to the general contractor as a condition of receiving payment, and 2) that claims for extra work would not be valid unless authorized by a written change order.

The subcontractor worked for four months,...
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