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When a contractor is staring down the barrel of an owner’s assessment of liquidated damages, the burden will fall on the contractor to establish that the delay was attributable to the owner and the owner’s agents.  The contractor will want to do this not only to defeat the assessment of liquidated damages, but because it […]

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Posted: September 15, 2019, 11:57 am

The opinion in Westchester Fire Ins. Co, LLC v. Kesoki Painting, LLC, 260 So.3d 546 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018) leads to a worthy discussion because it involves a common scope of work occurrence on construction projects involving a general contractor and subcontractor.  The contractor submits a subcontractor’s change order request to the owner and the […]

The post GENERAL CONTRACTOR SUPPORTING A SUBCONTRACTOR’S CHANGE ORDER ONLY FOR OWNER TO REJECT THE CHANGE appeared first on Florida Construction Legal Updates.

Posted: September 8, 2019, 11:33 am

Mark this on your calendar – beginning on October 1, 2019 subcontractors and suppliers (e.g., claimants/lienors) serving a notice of nonpayment to preserve rights under a payment bond must now do so under oath. But, that is not all. The notice of nonpayment form will now require the claimant to attest, as follows, in the […]

The post STATUTORY CHANGE TO NOTICES OF NONPAYMENT TO PRESERVE RIGHTS UNDER PAYMENT BOND appeared first on Florida Construction Legal Updates.

Posted: September 3, 2019, 3:22 pm

The proper venue for a Miller Act payment bond claim is “in the United States District Court for any district in which the contract was to be performed and executed, regardless of the amount in controversy.” 40 U.S.C. s. 3133(b)(3)(B). Well, there are a number of federal construction projects that take place outside of the […]

The post VENUE FOR MILLER ACT PAYMENT BOND WHEN PROJECT IS OUTSIDE OF US appeared first on Florida Construction Legal Updates.

Posted: September 1, 2019, 12:27 pm

An exculpatory clause in a contract is a clause aimed at relieving another party from certain liability. A disclaimer and insulation from liability.   Obviously, if you are the party relieving the other party from liability, you want to consider this risk including the potential enforceability of this risk if something goes wrong.  If you are […]

The post CONSIDER THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH AN EXCULPATORY CLAUSE appeared first on Florida Construction Legal Updates.

Posted: August 25, 2019, 7:11 pm

Arbitrarily guessing as to your construction damages is NOT the best approach.  Sure, experts can be costly.  No doubt about it.  Having an expert versus guessing as to your construction damages caused by another party’s breach of contract is a no brainer.  Engage an expert or, at a minimum, be in a position to competently […]

The post GUESSING AS TO YOUR CONSTRUCTION DAMAGES IS NOT THE BEST APPROACH appeared first on Florida Construction Legal Updates.

Posted: August 24, 2019, 2:59 pm

If you are dealing with latent construction defects, it is imperative that you consult with counsel to understand your rights.  This not only includes claims for property damage stemming from latent construction defects, but also personal injury stemming from such defects.  There is a ten-year statute of repose to sue for latent construction defects. See Fla.Stat. s. […]

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Posted: August 18, 2019, 11:15 am

“Claims-made policies are common in the professional liability insurance market. They “differ from traditional ‘occurrence’-based policies primarily based upon the scope of the risk against which they insure.” With claims-made policies, coverage is provided only where the act giving rise to coverage “is discovered and brought to the attention of the insurance company during the period […]

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Posted: August 11, 2019, 9:57 pm

Arguing a legal technicality, even if one hundred percent right, does not always work, especially when you may have reaped the benefits of the same technicality.  This is because there is a legal doctrine known as estoppel that is based on principles of equity.   Estoppel is an equitable doctrine based on principles of fair […]

The post EQUITABLE DOCTRINE OF ESTOPPEL CAN DEFEAT ARGUMENT FOUNDED ON LEGAL TECHNICALITY appeared first on Florida Construction Legal Updates.

Posted: August 5, 2019, 10:21 am

Arbitration provisions are creatures of contract and courts should indulge reasonable presumptions in favor of requiring parties to arbitrate.   Keep this in mind when agreeing to an arbitration provision or trying to navigate around an arbitration provision.   An example of a court indulging a reasonable presumption in favor of arbitration can be found in the […]

The post SUBSEQUENT PURCHASER OF HOME COMPELLED TO ARBITRATION BASED ON COVENANT RUNNING WITH THE LAND appeared first on Florida Construction Legal Updates.

Posted: August 5, 2019, 10:19 am
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