Some time ago in Colorado, a property owner hired a contractor to construct a building. Not long after it was completed, a heavy snowfall caused the roof to collapse. The property owner did what you would expect him to do: He sued the contractor. But he also sued every sub who had ever set foot on the job site.

Is that legal? Can a property owner sue a subcontractor? "Hey," I hear all you outraged subs saying, "my contract is with the prime contractor, not the property owner — which is why if I'm not paid, I can't sue the property owner. As it is, I have to jump through hoops to file a mechanic's lien. So if I can't sue the property...

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