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How a Miller Act claim can get you paid on a federal project

from By Nate Budde

To understand the Miller Act, it's important to note why the act was even necessary. A subcontractor's favored recourse for nonpayment is often a mechanics lien. Mechanics liens allow for a labor or material provider to encumber the property where work was done until they are paid. If not paid, they can then foreclose on the lien and force the sale of the property. While this is an excellent remedy for private works, laborers and material providers cannot encumber government property. more

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