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Five Key Construction Contract Terms That Every Subcontractor Needs to Negotiate

June 1, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog

One of the most important aspects of construction project success for subcontractors can be the subcontract agreement.  A one-sided subcontract in favor of the contractor can make problems experienced by the subcontractor on the project even worse, and leave the subcontractor with very few options.  While subcontractors may not always […]

Takeover Agreements on Performance Bond Claims: What Are They and How Do They Work?

May 24, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog

On many construction projects, the general contractor may be required to furnish a performance bond.  That performance bond guarantees the completion of the prime contract if the general contractor defaults. A performance bond is a three-party contract between a surety (the party promising to be responsible if the principal fails […]

Five Key Construction Contract Terms That Every Building Owner Needs to Negotiate

April 5, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog, Healthcare Industry Legal Blog, Hospitality Industry Legal Blog

When a building owners hires a contractor to construct a building or other construction project, the contractor is often significantly more experienced when it comes to the ins and outs of the construction contract as well as the overall construction process.  Oftentimes, a building owner may simply accept the contract […]

Pandemic-Related Rising Materials Costs: How Contractors Can Avoid Losses and Protect Themselves

March 2, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog, Energy & Utilities Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic (or perhaps the resulting monetary policy) has caused materials costs to skyrocket. In the past year, as of early February 2021, steel prices are up about 27%; copper prices are up about 37%; rubber prices are up about 62%; lumber prices are up about 113%; […]

New Licensing Requirements That Construction Contractors Need to Know About (The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act)

January 7, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog

On July 1, 2020, the Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act (the “Act”) became law, which eliminated some barriers for construction contractors to become licensed in Florida. Particularly, the Act: (1) clarified that a passing result on a licensing examination does not expire; (2) eliminated the requirement for some applicants to […]

Contractors and Suppliers: What to Do if You Receive a Notice of Termination

December 29, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

When property owners make improvements over $2,500 to their property, they must record a Notice of Commencement in the public records where the project is located. A Notice of Commencement signals the beginning of a construction project, and provides protection to the owner, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. If a contractor, […]

Does a Tolling Agreement Extend the Miller Act’s (or Little Miller Act’s) One-Year Period to File a Lawsuit on a Payment Bond?

November 12, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Pursuant to the Miller Act and Florida’s Little Miller Act, when certain subcontractors and material suppliers have not been paid on public construction projects, they must file their lawsuit on the payment bond within one-year after the last day labor was performed or materials were supplied to the project. § […]

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