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Florida Construction Law News

31MAY 2013

Legislative Update: Bills To Alter Florida’s Construction Lien Law Dies In Committee

by Stephen W. Stukey, Esq.

Earlier this month, the Florida Legislature wrapped up its 2013 Regular Session. With its close on May 3, 2013, came the demise of legislation intended to make changes to Florida’s construction lien laws.  The legislation sought to: Revise the mandatory notice provision in contracts between owners and contractors [F.S. § 713.015 (1)]; Revise notice requirements Read More…

16MAY 2013

Recent Application of “Betterment” Defenses – Getting No More Than You Bargained For

by CSK Construction Group

It has long been the law in Florida that a Plaintiff alleging faulty design or construction is entitled only to the reasonable cost of bringing the structure back to its “original condition,” plus costs of business interruption and/or loss of use – i.e. “delay damages.”  See e.g. Grossman v. Sea Air Towers, Ltd., 513 So. Read More…

22APR 2013

CSK’s Capitol Report – Update on the Design Professional Limitation of Liability Bills

by Christie Bredahl

As we have previously posted, we have been closely monitoring Senate Bill (“SB”) 286 and House Bill (“HB”) 575, which have moved quickly through their respective committees and chambers with little opposition.  On March 27, 2013, the Senate passed SB 286 by a 37 to 1 vote.  SB 286 was then substituted in place of HB Read More…

09APR 2013

Economic Loss Rule – A Narrowed Approach

by CSK Construction Group

The Florida Supreme Court has finally taken the Economic Loss Rule head-on and has attempted to address an issue that has created much litigation.   On March 7, 2013, the Court released its opinion in the case of Tiara Condominium Association, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. , 2013 WL 828003, significantly narrowing the application Read More…

04MAR 2013

CSK’s Capitol Report – Senate Bill 286; House Bill – 575

by Christie Bredahl

Florida’s 2013 Legislative session kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday March 5, 2013. This legislative session, CSK’s Construction Law Division is closely following Senate Bill (“SB”) 286 titled Design Professionals and its identical companion bill in the House, House Bill (“HB”) 575.  Both bills were introduced and filed in January of 2013.  The bills intend to alter the Read More…

19FEB 2013

Florida Statute § 768.0425: Who do we protect?

by CSK Construction Group

The failure to have a proper license as a contractor, where a license is required, may have adverse consequences to the party performing the work. Work done by an unlicensed contractor may result in the inability to collect, loss of lien rights, prosecution for a crime, and treble damages resulting from injury arising out of the Read More…

23JAN 2013

Liability Releases with Warranty Repairs – A Proactive Defense

by Daniel E. Levin, Esq.

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal recently issued an important opinion regarding a Developer’s and Contractor’s liability for claims by an Condominium Association’s property insurance carrier for a subrogation claim after the Developer and Contractor entered into a release with the Association pursuant to certain warranty repairs. The appellate court affirmed the decision of the Read More…

11JAN 2013

Subsidized Housing Programs – Benefits for All

by Kevin C. Schumacher, Esq.

While people have competing views as to subsidized housing and who should bear the burden of funding said projects, the benefits to the communities which play host to such communities cannot deny the economic boost to the local economy and employment market. For instance, the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program, by all accounts, is Read More…

10DEC 2012

The “Fiscal Cliff” and the Construction Industry

by CSK Construction Group

After a spirited election season and as we wind down toward the end of the year, the elected officials in Washington D.C. are in the midst of a strong debate regarding the tax increases and budget cuts that will begin in 2013.  Although the impact is largely debatable, discussions about the “fiscal cliff” are rampant Read More…

21NOV 2012

Insurer’s Total Pollution Exclusion Valid According to U.S. Southern District of Florida Court

by CSK Construction Group

Due to the use of Chinese drywall in construction projects, there has been an advent of class action litigation against contractors and suppliers of Chinese drywall for personal injuries and property damage.  Recently, insurers have started the process to deny coverage for the contractors who installed Chinese drywall. Since the mid‐1980s virtually all Commercial General Read More…