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Articles on Mechanics Liens

Engineering firm’s lien rights affirmed

By Matthew Hector
January
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
The Illinois Supreme Court reversed the lower courts and affirmed an engineering firm's statutory lien rights under the Mechanics Lien Act.

The Right of Redemption in a Mechanics Lien Foreclosure

By Adam Whiteman
January
2016
Article
Page 46
When a property subject to only a mechanics lien is sold at a sheriff's sale, the law grants an owner six months after the sale to redeem. Note this when drafting final orders in a foreclosure case.

Mechanics Lien Act change will expedite process

By Matthew Hector
November
2015
LawPulse
Page 14
A new section of the Act allows lien claimants to satisfy their claims by proceeding against a bond and thereby avoid delays and red tape.

Path to Perfection: Crafting Error-Free Illinois Mechanics Lien Claims

By Howard M. Turner and Michael T. Nigro
April
2014
Article
Page 192
Crafting a valid, error-free claim for lien for your contractor clients requires more than just reading the Mechanics Lien Act. Here are tips based on the statute and the cases interpreting it.

Perfecting a Mechanics Lien: What You Need to Do it Right

By Howard M. Turner and Michael T. Nigro
May
2013
Article
Page 254
Two seasoned attorneys offer practical tips to help you perfect mechanics liens on behalf of your contractor clients.

Debate continues over controversial mechanics lien bill

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2012
LawPulse
Page 574
An attempt to legislatively overturn a recent supreme court ruling is pitting developers against bankers over whose claims have priority in foreclosure sales.

Contractor Enhancement Claims in Mechanics Lien Cases: A Smaller Sliver of Pie?

By Larry N. Woodard
January
2012
Article
Page 46
The Mechanics Lien Act gives contractors priority over mortgagees to the extent their work "enhanced" the property's value, giving them another chance to recover when mortgaged real estate sells. This article looks at the legal and practical difficulties in proving enhancement.

Copy of mechanics lien complaint needs to be timely delivered

December
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 612
On October 9, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cook County dismissing Count I of the plaintiff's complaint. 

Secondary subcontractor’s mechanic’s lien limited to amount owed to immediate subcontractor

December
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 622
On September 22, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County granting defendant-owner and contractor's motion for partial summary judgment limiting the amount of the plaintiff's recovery on its mechanic's lien.

Is the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act Unconstitutional?

By Roger L. Price
June
2005
Article
Page 298
The author reviews recent decisions on the constitutional validity of the Act and recommends legislative action.

Mechanics Liens and Slander of Title: The Case for Absolute Privilege

By Michael G. Cortina
May
2004
Article
Page 267
The author argues that mechanics-lien filers are protected from slander of title claims by the privilege for statements made during litigation.

Is it Time to Revise the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act?

By Bruce T. Logan
November
2003
Article
Page 566
This author argues that the Act is out of step with modern construction, lending, and insurance practice.

Illinois Mechanics Lien Questions and Answers

By Samuel H. Levine
March
2003
Article
Page 137
A quick Q&A guide to the Act and to mechanics liens generally, with links to online forms.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
June
1999
Column
Page 298
Guilty but mentally ill'' passes constitutional muster

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