• BAD FAITH IN THE CONTEXT OF PROPERTY INSURANCE CLAIMS (WEBINAR)

    Recently, I participated in a national webinar involving insurance bad faith in the property insurance context. My section of the webinar dealt with the elements and burden of proof in demonstrating bad faith by an insurer in various jurisdictions. If you are dealing with a property insurance claim, or believe there may have been bad faith by the insurer, make sure you are w ...

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  • FIVE-YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON PERFORMANCE-TYPE SURETY BONDS

    The statute of limitations on a claim against a performance-type bond is 5 years from the breach of the bond, i.e., the bond-principal’s default (based on the same statute of limitations that governs written contracts / obligations). See Fla. Stat. s. 95.11(2)(b). This 5-year statute of limitations is NOT extended and does NOT commence when the surety denies the claim.

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  • INTERIOR DESIGNER LICENSURE

    An interior designer that provides residential interior design services does NOT need to be registered or licensed with the state. On this point, Florida Statute s. 481.229(6)(a) specifies: (6) This part shall not apply to: (a) A person who performs interior design services or interior decorator services for any residential application, provided that such person does not ...

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  • APPELLATE ATTORNEY’S FEES AND THE SIGNIFICANT ISSUES TEST

    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.

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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).

    Florida Construction Legal Updates- 15 readers -
  • 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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  • 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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  • “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.

    Florida Construction Legal Updates- 15 readers -
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