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  • NEGLIGENT PROCUREMENT OF INSURANCE

    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.

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  • QUICK NOTE: SUBMITTING CIVIL REMEDY NOTICE

    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 ...

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  • FACTOR THE FACTOR IN FACTORING

    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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  • FLORIDA’S LIEN LAW AND SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE VS. STRICT COMPLIANCE

    There are literally some (or, perhaps, many!) disputes that will make you say “hmm!” The “hmm” is a euphemism for “what is a party thinking?!?” The case of Trump Endeavor 12 LLC v. Fernich, Inc., 42 Fla. L.Weekly D830a (Fla. 3d DCA 2017) is one of these cases because a party (the owner) is banking its defense on a technical “all-or-nothing” argument pertaining to whether a li ...

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  • CONSULT WITH COUNSEL WHEN PREPARING CONSTRUCTION LIENS

    All too often entities prepare their own construction liens. Sure, it is an effective way to save a few bucks. No doubt about it. But, by doing so, you are (i) not relying on advice of counsel that is important when it comes to lien preparation and (ii) not relying on strategy that goes along with the preparation of a lien.

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  • HURDLES WITH TRIGGERING A SUBCONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE BOND

    There have been a couple of decisions as of late, particularly in federal court, that have gone in favor of a performance bond surety and against a general contractor’s claim against a subcontractor’s performance bond. These decisions have been so unfavorable that they may be swaying certain internal decisions to move to subcontractor default insurance with, perhaps, subcontr ...

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  • NEW EBOOK: INNOVATIVE ATTORNEY’S FEE ARRANGEMENTS

    The traditional attorney’s fee model for business disputes including construction disputes is hourly billing. There is certainly nothing wrong with this model. But…it is NOT the only model and there are other models that can actually be perceived as value-added to your business objectives. There is nothing wrong with innovation and creativity.

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  • CYBER SECURITY INSURANCE AND DESIGN PROFESSIONALS

    Cyber security insurance is a relatively new insurance product that has probably become more popular and important in today’s digital age. Think about it. Almost everything is created, transmitted, shared, and stored digitally. Companies utilize cloud-based platforms to store documents, share documents, and transmit documents. Documents are transmitted via e-mail.

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  • EBOOK: MILLER ACT PAYMENT BOND FUNDAMENTALS

    I finally did it! I wrote an ebook on the fundamentals of Miller Act payment bonds. A nuts and bolts approach focusing on the practical application of Miller Act payment bonds. It is currently on Amazon and will be on iTunes in the next day or so. If you are interested in Miller Act payment bonds, check it out ...

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  • “IS THE DEFECTIVE WORK COVERED BY INSURANCE?”

    I have been asked this question quite a bit from owners, in particular: “The contractor committed defective work, but it has insurance. Doesn’t the insurance cover this defective work?” Ugh, NO! There is this misconception that liability insurance, specifically, is the be-all-and-end-all when it comes to defective work. This could not be further from the truth.

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  • MILLER ACT AND “PUBLIC WORK OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT”

    The Miller Act applies to the “construction, alteration, or repair of any public building or public work of the Federal Government.” 40 U.S.C. s. 3131. A recent opinion out of the Northern District of Oklahoma sheds light on what the Miller Act means regarding its application to any public work of the Federal Government. See U.S. v. Bronze Oak, LLC, 2017 WL 190099 (N.D.Ok. 2017).

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  • QUICK NOTE: IMPORTANCE OF EQUIPMENT FLOATER INSURANCE

    A recent case out of New York held that damage to a tower crane from a storm during construction is excluded from a builder’s risk policy because a tower crane is a machine that fits within the contractor’s tools exclusion, a common exclusion in builder’s risk policies. (Check out this article for a discussion on this case.

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