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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 […]

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. § […]

Overview of Construction Teaming Agreements in Florida

October 7, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Teaming agreements in the construction world, also referred to as teaming arrangements, are agreements between two or more independent companies to combine their resources, abilities, and knowledge, for the purpose of obtaining and, if successful, performing a competitive bid construction contract. If done properly, teaming agreements can assist these companies […]

New Florida Law Substantially Reduces Retainage Rate on Government Construction Projects

October 1, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog, Florida Business Litigation Blog

On September 18, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 101, an act relating to public construction, into law. This new law amends Section 218.735, Florida Statutes (the “Local Government Prompt Payment Act”) and Section 255.078, Florida Statutes (the “Florida Prompt Payment Act”), by reducing the maximum retainage rate […]

Perfecting Rights Under the Miller Act for Federal Construction Projects

July 10, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

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 material suppliers from general contractors who fail to pay them […]

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

June 23, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

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 accrues. For not-readily-observable defects (“latent defects”), the claim does not […]

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

May 28, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Construction Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

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 error defense and how businesses can be prepared to defend […]

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

May 14, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Construction Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

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 to creditors.  See §559.552, Fla. Stat. (2019); Kelly v. Duggan, […]

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