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Pleading Requirements for Establishing an Equitable Lien Claim

December 12, 2011 Construction Industry Legal Blog

In today’s market, there is a much greater risk of investing labor and materials into a construction project as the probability of actually getting paid for your services is markedly reduced. In many cases, a lack of funding leads to abandonment of the project leaving vendors fighting to recover funds owed from whatever money is still left. In this situation, the only legal emedy may be an equitable lien against the real property.

Fraudulent Lien Claims Under Florida Law

November 3, 2011 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Florida’s lien law is an especially draconian area of the law. Filing a lien is an invaluable tool to help you as a contractor, sub-contractor or materialman get paid on a construction job. It can also get you into trouble unless the statute is strictly followed. Legislative amendments have softened the blow of fraudulent lien claims, but the statutes still carries heavy penalties

Does the Statute of Frauds Apply to a Claim Based on Quantum Meruit?

October 25, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

It is common knowledge in the legal community that the Statute of Frauds can preclude recovery on an action for breach of contract. However, claims for breach of contract are typically accompanied by some alternative claim should the court find that the contract was unenforceable, such as restitution or quantum meruit. That begs the question of whether the Statute of Frauds would apply to such an alternative claim not based on the purported contract.

Statutory Interest Rates: A Changing Trend in Legislative Intentions

September 19, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

The trend in Florida over the last thirty years has been changing from simple static interest rates for judgments entered in this state towards a more complex variable rate. A recent amendment to the state law dictating statutory interest rates has many wondering what prompted such a drastic change to the norm. Now, instead of the statutory interest rate changing once per year it will change four times per year. Further, the rate of interest on a judgment is no longer established by the rate at the time it was entered. It appears that the trend in Florida is now shifting away from the simplicity it once knew.

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