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Florida Construction Law News

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…

05NOV 2012

Florida’s Broken Lien Law Attorney Fee Statute Desperately in Need of Repair

by David S. Harrigan, Esq.

Florida’s Lien Law statute generally provides in Section 713.29 that the prevailing party in a lien foreclosure or bond enforcement action shall be entitled to its reasonable attorney’s fees.  The sense of certainty that appeared on the face of this Statute historically weighed favorably on a party’s evaluation of whether and how to prosecute or Read More…

24OCT 2012

The Benefits of Written Arbitration Agreements in an Online World

by Sherry Schwartz

In an increasingly digital and cost-conscious business environment, many companies in the construction industry may desire to provide its terms and conditions for dispute resolution in arbitration to its customer electronically by posting those terms on the Internet, rather than providing a hard copy of same. This practice may also enable businesses to achieve better Read More…

16OCT 2012

Massive Cost Overruns at World Trade Center Project – Unfortunate Situation for Contractors on a Meaningful Project

by Sanaz Alempour

Thousands gathered on September 11, 2012 at the World Trade Center site in New York, which marked the 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Although the construction of the World Trade Center project is not nearly complete, the construction of the One World Trade Center, a 104-story building, has begun to fill the Read More…

13SEP 2012

A Federal Court Takes Soft Stance on Offensive Language and Conduct on Construction Sites

by Daniel Duello

Often times, sexual harassment in the workplace involves a male employee making inappropriate comments or gestures to another female employee. However, a construction site is a unique working environment and workers, unfortunately, use foul language and act inappropriately towards each other, as well as bystanders passing by the construction site.  Recently, a male construction worker Read More…