Corporate Transparency Act Who Must File, When to File, How to File

The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) came into effect on January 1, 2024, impacting numerous small businesses throughout the United States. The claimed objective of the CTA is to address the covert nature of corporate ownership, a facet exploited for various illicit activities such as money laundering, terrorism financing, and other financial wrongdoings. Under the newly enacted legislation, businesses meeting specific but common criteria are obligated to submit a Beneficial Ownership Information (“BOI”) Report to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”).

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Can I be required to mediate, arbitrate or litigate a california construction dispute in some other state?

It is not uncommon in the construction industry for an out-of-state general contractor to include a provision in a subcontract requiring a California subcontractor to resolve disputes outside the state of California even though the work is to be performed within California. Fortunately, most California subcontractors are immune from this tactic. California law generally prohibits clauses requiring subcontractors to travel outside California to resolve construction disputes.

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Architect, Engineer, and Design Professional Liens in California: A Different Animal than the Mechanics’ Lien

Most in the construction industry are familiar with the rules of California mechanics’ liens. They know that the Preliminary Notice of Civil Code Section 8034 and 8200-8216 is often the foundational document and that the deadline to record a mechanics’ lien is generally triggered by events occurring at the end of construction, including completion of the work of improvement and the recording of the notice of completion or notice of cessation. Most of these rules are found in California Civil Code sections 8160-8494.

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