Contractors’ Problems With Getting Paid
Our construction attorneys represent New Jersey contractors and subcontractors in construction litigation, arbitration and mediation. One of the things we see over and over again, is that one of construction companies’ biggest worries is that they will perform all the work they agreed to and then not get paid, despite the fact that they met all the project’s specifications and did a great job. It is a well-founded worry. Companies or people who don’t want to pay devise many different schemes, sometimes claiming defects with the work, delay damages, failure to do proper paperwork, the excuses are as varied as is human imagination. To be clear, sometimes these claims are legitimate, but sometimes they are not, and good contractors need to get paid to do the work and to stay in business.
Fortunately, however, New Jersey construction law provides remedies for these schemes. Recently, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey issued a decision on these construction law remedies in the case of Petric & Associates, Inc. v. CCA Civil, Inc. Although the decision was unpublished, it is important because it explores many of these remedies and lays out a roadmap for subcontractors’ remedies against unscrupulous contractors which don’t want to pay them, particularly some of the trickier issues under New Jersey’s Prompt Payment Act.