Changes to Mechanic's Lien Laws in effect January 1, 2017

Changes to Pennsylvania's mechanic's lien law went into effect December 31, 2016. The Pennsylvania State Construction Notice Directory, which allows for the registry and tracking of construction projects valued at over $1.5 million has gone into effect. Pennsylvania has become a “Notice to Owner” state under this law and new rules apply to owners, contractors and subcontractors.

The law creates the Pennsylvania State Construction Notice Directory for projects in excess of $1.5 million, imposes new filing requirements for contractors and subcontractors and seeks to minimize claims. The notice and filing requirements supplement existing law and create new filing deadlines.

Our lawyers can answer your questions about the new rules and requirements,

John J. Dirienzo, Jr. 1945-2016

Jack Dirienzo, longtime member and partner of Fike, Cascio & Boose, who retired December 31, 2015, died December 8, 2016.

Scott Bittner wins both Nominations for Judge

Scott P. Bittner, Esq. was the successful candidate for Common Pleas Judge in the May 2015 Primary Election. Candidates for Common Pleas Court Judge can cross-file and seek the nominations of both parties, and Scott won both nominations in the May 19, 2015 primary, leading a field of four highly-qualified candidates.

The primary election campaign gave the people of Somerset County the opportunity to get to know the man his colleagues and co-workers have grown to respect, admire and rely upon for his sound judgment, common sense, professionalism and hard work. Scott will enter the General Election with the support and encouragement of everyone he has worked with at Fike, Cascio & Boose, where he has spent his entire career. If elected in November, Scott will follow in the footsteps of Somerset County’s former and current President Judges, Eugene E. Fike, II, and John M. Cascio.

We congratulate all of the candidates for Judge who ran in the Primary Election.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds "Dunham Rule" regarding oil and gas titles.

On April 24, 2013, Pennsylvania’s highest court decided a case from Susquehanna County questioning a rule of law stating that references to “minerals” in deed reservations and grants do not necessarily include oil and gas rights in Pennsylvania.

The Supreme Court’s ruling confirms long standing principles of Pennsylvania Law and settles questions regarding the ownership of natural gas associated with the Marcellus Shale.

The full text of the Court’s Opinion and Justice Saylor’s Concurring Opinion is found here: Powers Opinions

Recent Transaction for Scenic Property at Ohiopyle State Park

Fike, Cascio & Boose represented the private landowner in a recent transaction with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to add almost 200 acres “in the Laurel Highlands to Ohiopyle State Park, one of Pennsylvania’s most treasured natural areas.” This significant preservation project was negotiated and closed during 2008. For details and photos of this beautiful property, click here.