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How to Tell if a Fictitious Surety is Furnishing Bogus Bonds on Your Construction Project

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At the height of the recession, a sophisticated owner of multiple facilities discovered it was holding $105 million dollars of bogus payment and performance (P&P) bonds that were completely worthless. The bogus bonds had been issued in the name of a fictitious corporate surety, Fidelity National Group, but otherwise appeared just as legitimate as any other P&P bonds.

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Why Every Contractor Must Beware of the "Borrowed Servant Rule"

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Contractors - of all tiers - are surprised to discover they could be a “special employer” of individuals employed by independent third parties upon their projects, including skilled or unskilled labor employed by a temporary staffing agency or operators employed by an equipment rental company. Most contractors - including owners who self perform – are even more surprised to discover they could be primarily responsible for the negligent acts and omissions of individuals employed by third parties by virtue of their “special employer” status.

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