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Title: Don’t become a hostage to your pipeline construction contractor: avoiding the pitfalls of lien law abuse in pipeline construction projects
Category: Technical papers from the Journal of Pipeline Engineering
Downloadable: Yes 
Catalog No.: 2113s
Date of Publication: September, 2007
Price: $25.00 US
Authors: David M vonHartitzsch
Abstract: YOU HAVE a major pipeline project (repair, new construction, etc.) that will require the pipeline to be offline for several weeks. Every day the pipeline is down or unavailable you are losing revenue. The contractors submitting bids were fully advised of all aspects of the work, and in fact agreed to do due diligence before bidding. You award the contract to the lowest bidder, who has assured you that it has the necessary resources and experience to perform the work. Work begins, but immediately you recognize that the contractor is not directing sufficient resources to the project to get it completed on time. You demand that the contractor intensify its efforts and do what it promised in obtaining your work. The contractor claims that you are asking for extra work, outside the contract. Because of pending deadlines, your site inspector insists that the contractor “do whatever it takes” to get the job done on time. The contractor fails to submit change orders as required under the contract. The contractor has the site inspector sign the contractor’s daily logs. After significant prodding and constant hand-holding, the contractor completes the project on time. Two months later, the contractor claims that it has had an opportunity to review its books and that you owe the contractor double the contract price due to the “extra work” completed on the project. You refuse to pay. No extra work was done: rather, the contractor was just asked to perform. The contractor files a lien on your pipeline in an amount double the contract price. This is based on a true story. This is lien law abuse.
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