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Miller Act Payment Bond Claims

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Federal and State "Little" Miller Act Payment Bond Claims: How and When to Succeed

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Miller Act Payment Bond Claims

  1. 1. Got Paid? – The Miller Act J. Brian Morrow, Esquire NEWMEYER & DILLION Brian.Morrow@ndlf.com www.ndlf.com Jonathan J. Straw, Esquire KRAFTSON CAUDLE JStraw@KraftsonCaudle.com www.KraftsonCaudle.com
  2. 2. Agenda • Key Elements of Federal Miller Act o Coverage o Timeline o Notice • How some State “Little” Miller Acts Differ o Virginia o Ohio o California o Nevada • Questions and Answers
  3. 3. Fed. Miller Act Coverage • Public Works and Public Building construction projects over $100,000.
  4. 4. Fed. Miller Act Coverage Notice Not Required Notice Required
  5. 5. Fed. Miller Act Timeline 2015 Jul Sep Nov 2016 Jan Mar May Jul 2016 1-Year Deadline to File Suit Jul 28 90-Day "Nuisance" Period Expires - May File Suit Oct 26 Last Day Work Performed Jul 28 Oct 26 - Jan 28 Bond Claim Period? Jul 29 - Sep 25 Get Copy of Bond Jul 29 - Oct 23 Notice Period
  6. 6. Fed. Miller Act Quirks • Last Day of Work within Scope of Contract • Recoverable Damages o Labor o Materials o Delays o Interest o Attorneys Fees • Arbitration o Does not toll one-year deadline. o May allow venue in Federal Court outside Project district.
  7. 7. “Little” Miller Acts
  8. 8. Virginia “Little” Miller Act • Any public construction contract over $500,000 ($350,000 for transportation projects). • Venue: State Court where project located.
  9. 9. Virginia “Little” Miller Act Coverage Maybe covered
  10. 10. Virginia Miller Act Timeline 2015 Jul Sep Nov 2016 Jan Mar May Jul 2016 1-Year Deadline to File Suit Jul 28 90-Day "Nuisance" Period Expires - May File Suit Oct 26 Last Day Work Performed Jul 28 Oct 26 - Jan 28 Bond Claim Period? Jul 29 - Sep 25 Get Copy of Bond Jul 29 - Oct 23 Notice Period
  11. 11. Ohio“Little” Miller Act • Any public construction contract over $30,000 • Venue: State Court where project located.
  12. 12. Ohio “Little” Miller Act Coverage Probably covered
  13. 13. Ohio Miller Act Timeline 2015 Jul Sep Nov 2016 Jan Mar May Jul 2016 1-Year Deadline to File Suit Jul 28 Suit against Surety may Commence Dec 25 90-Days after acceptance by public authority Oct 26 Public Authority Acceptance Jul 28 Oct 26 - Jan 28 Bond Claim Period? Jul 29 - Sep 25 Get Copy of Bond Jul 29 - Oct 23 Notice Period
  14. 14. California“Little” Miller Act • Any public construction contract over $25,000 • Venue: State Court where payment to be made; bond executed; or defendant resides.
  15. 15. California “Little” Miller Act Coverage Probably covered
  16. 16. California Miller Act Timeline
  17. 17. Nevada “Little” Miller Act • Any public construction contract over $100,000 • Venue: State Court where project located.
  18. 18. Nevada “Little” Miller Act Coverage
  19. 19. Nevada Miller Act Timeline 2015 Jul Sep Nov 2016 Jan Mar May Jul 2016 1-Year Deadline to File Suit Jul 28 90-Day "Nuisance" Period Expires - May File Suit Oct 26 Last Day Work Performed Jul 28 Oct 26 - Jan 28 Bond Claim Period? Jul 29 - Sep 25 Get Copy of Bond Jul 29 - Oct 23 Notice Period
  20. 20. Jurisdiction Amount Coverage Timeline Notice Federal >$100,000 2nd Tier Subs and Up Suit within one year 90-days Virginia >$500,000 “Subs” and suppliers Suit within one year 90-days Ohio >$30,000 “Subs” and suppliers Suit within one year 90-days California >$25,000 “Sub” and Material suppliers 6 mos. + 30d, or 6 mos. + 90 d 20-day Prelim, or Later Nevada >$100,000 2nd Tier Subs and Up Suit within one year 90-days Comparison Summary
  21. 21. Q & A J. Brian Morrow, Esquire NEWMEYER & DILLION Brian.Morrow@ndlf.com www.ndlf.com Jonathan J. Straw, Esquire KRAFTSON CAUDLE JStraw@KraftsonCaudle.com www.KraftsonCaudle.com

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