Author Archives: James O. Birr, III, Esq.
Contractors cannot file mechanic’s liens on public construction projects, such as work on military bases, courthouses, or government owned buildings. Instead, the Federal Miller Act, 40 U.S.C. § 3131-3134, fills in this gap by protecting certain levels of subcontractors and … Read Full Post
Many businesses require their employees to sign non-compete agreements, as a condition of their employment. In Florida, those non-compete agreements and their enforceability are governed by Section 542.335 of the Florida Statutes. As discussed more fully below, referral sources and … Read Full Post
Whether you are an owner, contractor, subcontractor, or supplier, payment problems on a construction project can have dire consequences. To better protect against those payment problems, and depending on the type of construction project, Florida law gives certain persons the … Read Full Post
In today’s digital world, there are many scams that fraudsters employ to steal money and information from your company. Those computer-based scams include hacking, phishing, ransom-ware, and spoofing to name only a few. The first step in protecting against these … Read Full Post
As my high school baseball coach used to say, “proper preparation prevents poor performance.” The saying is equally applicable in preparing for any deposition. Litigation often involves depositions of witnesses, which can be fact witnesses, expert witnesses, as well as … Read Full Post
Under Florida law, when a party violates or “breaches” a contract, the amount of money the non-breaching party is entitled to recover depends on the types of damages allowed by law and/or the parties’ contract. As a result, it is … Read Full Post
In the past, when a homeowner needed certain roof repairs, that homeowner could not only look to a roofer to fix his or her roof, but potentially to an insurance company to pay that roofer for those repairs. This relationship … Read Full Post
Spoliation Of Evidence: When Does An Individual Or Business Have An Obligation To Preserve Evidence?
When litigation arises, parties to that litigation need evidence to prove their cases. In many instances, non-parties may have documentary evidence to support and/or refute the litigants’ positions in that lawsuit. But, what is a non-party’s obligation to preserve evidence … Read Full Post
Under Florida law, a roofer must have a license to perform work in Florida. Roofers (or “roofing contractors”) are classified as Division II Contractors under section 489.105(3), Florida Statutes. Roofing contractors must hold one of two distinct types of licenses. … Read Full Post
Real property purchase and sale agreements often contain detailed requirements pertaining to termination, inspection, placing of deposits, and even the form in which certain notices to parties must be provided. Of course, parties to such agreements must read and understand … Read Full Post