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In prior articles, I reinforced the importance of general contractors including “primary and noncontributory” language in subcontracts and requiring the subcontractor to provide an analogous “primary and noncontributory” endorsement. As a general contractor this is important, particularly since you are going to require the subcontractor to (i) indemnify you for claims relatin ...
An ambiguity in an insurance policy–after reading and interpreting the policy as a whole–will be construed against an insurer. This means an ambiguity will be construed in favor of insurance coverage (for the benefit of the insured) as opposed to against insurance coverage. This does not mean that every insurance policy contains an ambiguity.
The case of Divine Motel Group, LLC v. Rockhill Ins. Co., 2016 WL 3902041 (11th Cir. 2016) illustrates the importance of presenting and supporting your theme for insurance coverage. This theme needs to be well thought out and considered in the context of maximizing insurance coverage. Otherwise, you are navigating in the world of insurance exclusions without a strategic agend ...
Construction contracts oftentimes and should contain conditions precedent to payment. Conditions precedent apply to both progress payments and final payment. The conditions precedent operate such that payment is NOT due until the conditions are satisfied. The satisfaction of the conditions precedent triggers the payor’s obligation to pay.
Many construction contracts contain arbitration provisions. Instead of litigating a dispute arising out of the contract, the parties will arbitrate the dispute per the arbitration provision. There are advantages to arbitration and certain disputes bode well for arbitration. The key is you want to make sure you select the RIGHT arbitrator or arbitrators.
The notice of commencement is important for purposes of construction lien priority. Stock Bldg. Supply of Florida, Inc. v. Soares Da Costa Const. Services, LLC, 76 So.3d 313, 317 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011) (“[A] notice of commencement serves to determine the priority of liens under the Construction Lien Law.”).
Recently, I wrote an article on the importance of cyber liability insurance for design professionals. The reality, however, is that this is important insurance for all professionals in today’s day and age. A modern, online insurance broker called Embroker was kind enough to submit a guest post on cyber liability insurance.
The significant issues test to determine the prevailing party in construction lien actions (which, by the way, also applies to breach of contract actions) applies to appellate attorney’s fees too! Under this test, the trial court has discretion to determine which party prevailed on the significant issues of the case for purposes of attorney’s fees.
I harp on notifying a liability insurer in writing once a claim is asserted against you. As soon as possible. I harp on this because as an insured you want to remove any doubt or argument that the insurer was prejudiced due to a lack of timely notice. In a recent opinion, Zurich American Insurance Co. v. European Tile and Floors, Inc., 2017 WL 2427172 (M.D.Fla.
Public payment bonds (excluding FDOT payment bonds) are governed under Florida statute s. 255.05. As it pertains to venue—the location to sue a public payment bond–the statute provides in relevant portion: (5) In addition to the provisions of chapter 47, any action authorized under this section may be brought in the county in which the public building or public work is bei ...
Buying a new home from a homebuilder is an exciting time. How could you not be excited about buying and moving into a new home? It is a big milestone. When buying a new home from a homebuilder, it is common that you are provided a limited warranty agreement to sign that outlines your rights if there is a “warranty” claim, the length of the warranty period, what constitutes a ...
If you are a contractor and entered into a contract with an owner, then you need to serve the owner with a Contractor’s Final Payment Affidavit at least 5 days before filing a lien foreclosure lawsuit. Fla. Stat. s. 713.06(3)(d). Many times, when I am preparing a lien for a contractor, I like to work with the contractor work on the Contractor’s Final Payment Affidavit at the ...
As an insured, it is important to understand the prior acts exclusion in your insurance policy. The prior act exclusion bars coverage for claims that arise out of an act prior to the policy period or specified date in the policy. Knowing this, an insured typically can get some prior acts coverage to cover claims that arise out of an act that precedes the policy period (e.g.
Contracts oftentimes contain conditions precedent to payment or another affirmative obligation. The condition precedent needs to occur to trigger a party’s obligation to perform. If the condition precedent does not occur, then the obligation to perform is never triggered. Contracting parties need to understand and appreciate conditions precedent to perform in their contract.
Are you a contractor and need continuing education credit? I recently got three one-house courses approved by Florida’s Construction Industry Licensing Board. These one-hour courses are designed for live breakfast-and-learn or lunch-and-learn sessions. They are designed for practical application on key issues facing all in construction.
As you know, insurance is an important part of risk assessment for many, many business needs. Oftentimes, an insured relies on an insurance broker or agent to procure specific insurance to meet its express business objectives and risks. Notably, there is a potential negligence claim associated with an insurance agent or broker’s negligent procurement of insurance for an insured.
There are steps an insured or claimant need to take in order to assert a statutory bad faith claim. The first step is the obligatory Civil Remedy Notice. This obligation is set forth in Florida Statute s. 624.155. The Civil Remedy Notice is, in essence, written notice of the specific violation(s) that are being claimed against the insurer that give rise to potential bad fait ...
What is factoring? Have you heard this term used in the business context? Factoring is not uncommon in the business world. It comes up when a business is in need of cash (immediate cash flow) and sells/assigns money owed under accounts receivable to a third party known as a factor. The factor purchases the accounts receivable at a discount in consideration of an assignment of ...
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