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Shafer Electric & Construction v. Mantia: PA Supreme Court holds that noncompliance with the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act does not entitle homeowners to free work

Posted in Consumer Protection, Contract, Home Improvement, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”), which went into effect in 2009, generally requires that home improvement contracts be in writing and contain thirteen specific items (including the contractor’s home improvement contractor registration number, the date of the transaction and the name, address and telephone number of the contractor).  Absent inclusion of all items,… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Update: The HICPA Crackdown Continues

Posted in Compliance, Home Improvement, Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, HICPA, went into effect on July 1, 2009. HICPA was designed to protect purchasers of home improvement services from contractors engaging in deceitful business practices or doing shoddy work. According to Attorney General Tom Corbett, “[h]ome improvement rip-offs impact every community across our state, taking money out of the… Continue Reading

Maryland Case Clarifies Subcontractor Home Improvement Licensing Law

Posted in Home Improvement, Maryland
In Maryland, contractors who perform home improvements are required to be licensed with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. In addition to facing civil and criminal fines and penalties, unlicensed contractors risk losing the ability to enforce their contracts, meaning that they may lose their right to effectively demand payment for services performed. Furthermore, with limited… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Courts Rule No More Coverage for Property Damage in Faulty Workmanship Claims: How Contractors Should Protect Themselves

Posted in Home Improvement, Pennsylvania
As a result of two recent Pennsylvania decisions, insurance carriers are now aggressively taking the position that there is no insurance coverage under commercial general liability policies (“CGL)” for property damage claims caused by faulty workmanship. In the recent cases, Kvaerner v. Commercial Union Insurance Co., and Millers Capital Insurance Company v. Gambone Brothers Development… Continue Reading