2016 Mississippi Code
Title 87 - Contracts and Contractual Relations
Chapter 7 - Improvements to Real Property
§ 87-7-7. Contractor negotiation of draft payable to contractor and other parties; written signed authorization of co-payees required; penalties

MS Code § 87-7-7 (2016) What's This?

(1) A contractor who undertakes to negotiate a draft made payable to the contractor and any other party must first obtain an endorsement or other written signed authorization of every co-payee on the draft if the draft is tendered in payment for materials or equipment furnished or labor performed by the owner, laborer, supplier or equipment dealer.

(2) A contractor who negotiates a draft without first obtaining an endorsement or other written signed authorization required under this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($ 500.00) per violation, and shall also be ordered by the court to make full restitution to the owner, laborer, supplier or equipment dealer who is entitled to payment from the proceeds of the draft, as well as reasonable attorney's fees incurred by any party to whom restitution is ordered.

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