A widely held assumption among project owners and construction contractors is that private arbitration is faster and more cost effective than litigation of a dispute in the courts. The inclusion of mandatory arbitration of disputes in all AIA construction contracts since their inception in 1888 was premised on this assumption. Unfortunately, as many owners and

Under current law a tenant’s contractor cannot file a construction lien against the landlord’s property for amounts unpaid by the tenant unless the landlord provided written authorization of the specific construction contract between the contractor and the tenant. Even where the lease specifically provided for the work in question and the landlord was notified of