Tag Archives: Construction Law

Perfecting Rights Under the Miller Act for Federal Construction Projects

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

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What Insurers Need to Know about Florida’s Statute of Repose for Construction Defects

When can a construction CGL insurer finally breathe easy? The answer can be found in Fla. Stat. § 95.11(3)(c), Florida’s statute of limitations and repose for construction defects. The statute of limitations prohibits construction defect claims 4 years after the claim … Read Full Post

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Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA) Part 2: Implementing Safeguards and Internal Procedures to Establish a Bona Fide Error Defense to Violations of the FCCPA

Part 1 of this series provided an overview of Florida’s Consumer Collections Practices Act (FCCPA) and explained why it is imperative for all business owners to be aware of, and understand, the FCCPA.  This article explores Section 559.77’s bona fide … Read Full Post

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Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA) Part 1: Understanding the FCCPA

All businesses in the state of Florida need to be familiar with Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”).  The FCCPA is found at Sections 559.55-559.785 of the Florida Statutes.  The FCCPA is intended to protect consumers and is intentionally unfair … Read Full Post

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Five Key Tips for Construction Delay Claim Success

Delays are sometimes unavoidable on construction projects. When delays occur, they can often result in increased costs to contractors and subcontractors, and may bring exposure to owner claims for liquidated damages for delay.   Certain types of delays, such as those … Read Full Post

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Does an Insurer Have a Duty to Defend a Claim Immediately Upon Receipt of a Florida Chapter 558 Construction Defect Notice?

Construction projects are fragile and issues often arise when the project in practice doesn’t match the project in planning. Resolving these issues has become more standardized with the enactment of Florida Statutes Chapter 558, but the chapter may create as … Read Full Post

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Conditional Payment Bonds: Owners and Contractors Beware

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

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Five Key Changes in the 2017 AIA A201 General Conditions for Construction Contracts

The standard form contract documents developed and published by the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) are a fundamental part of the construction industry landscape that have been widely used for more than a century.  Importantly, in 2017, the AIA Documents … Read Full Post

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Tips and Strategies for Building Owners to Closeout a Construction Project

Winding up a construction project and transitioning occupancy to the building owner (i.e. project closeout) can be a harrowing ordeal for an owner with little to no construction experience.  Even for experienced owners, Project closeout can be a challenge and … Read Full Post

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Construction Project Notice and Documentation: The Sword and the Shield

Almost every construction contract or subcontract contains provisions regarding the manner in which notice must be provided to the other party under the contract regarding significant issues on the construction project, including delays, unforeseen conditions, or other claims.  Compliance with … Read Full Post

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