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What Does it Mean to Do Construction in a Good and Workmanlike Manner?

By Sweeney Law, PA |

In almost every construction contract, there is the promise or guarantee that the work will be performed in a workmanlike manner. Even if this explicit provision is not in your contract (as it should be), there is almost always a general duty to perform contracts for construction work in a good and workmanlike manner…. Read More »

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Contractors and Builders, Keep That Paperwork

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So you have a construction company, or any company in the construction industry, and it’s time to do some house cleaning. You don’t want to be a hoarder, so you start to throw out a bunch of paperwork. It’s old, and you need space, and after all, it’s your business—you can keep or throw… Read More »

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FLORIDA’S SUMMARY PROCEDURE

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Summary procedure entitles specific Florida legal proceedings to expedited rules. Under Florida Statute 51.011, accelerating timeframes allows a case to proceed speedily and efficiently. The Florida Rules of Civil Procedure apply in an action ruled by summary procedure, except where statute or rule provides otherwise. When filing pleadings, this process is limited to Plaintiff’s… Read More »

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Slavin Doctrine Protects Contractors From Liability

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In 2008, a motorcyclist was killed at an intersection after colliding with another car. While this may seem like an ordinary negligence case for personal injury lawyers, the lawsuit alleged that the accident was caused by faulty design and construction, and was brought against the City of Hialeah. Victims Allege Faulty Construction The victims… Read More »

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FLORIDA CIVIL THEFT CLAIMS IN A CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP

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Civil theft, as defined in Fla. Stat. § 772.11, can be alleged by businesses and individuals in order to provide a civil remedy for a theft claim. This tort action is separate from a conversion action. A civil theft claim is more difficult to prove because a party must show that there is felonious… Read More »

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COVID Related Problems in Construction Law Contracts

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Although technically there are no laws that require that construction or building jobs be halted, the COVID crisis—as well as some shutdowns that are currently beginning to occur again in other states—can cause problems for builders or contractors who are trying to meet deadlines on construction sites. Are you, as a builder or contractor,… Read More »

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More Common Construction Contractual Terms That Can Cause Problems

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A while back, we wrote about common terms in construction law contracts that contractors, builders, or owners entering into construction law contracts, should be aware of. Let’s take a look at other provisions, which are standard in almost every kind of contract—so standard, that many people overlook or ignore them, even though they can… Read More »

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Fraudulent Construction Liens in Florida

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According to the National Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), Florida ranked 6th in 2019 in commercial construction spending. With the instability that the pandemic has brought in 2020, many projects have been put on hold or have been changed, leaving the parties in payment disputes.  What is a Construction Lien? The term mechanic’s… Read More »

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Betterment and Reasonability in Construction Law Contracts

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As a general rule, when there is a breach of contract action, a party that has been injured by a breach, must receive the “benefit of the bargain”—that is, the party can receive whatever benefit it would have gotten had the contract been performed. However, a party is not supposed to benefit, or get… Read More »

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Common Contractual Terms That Can Create Big Problems

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If you enter into a construction contract, it can be easy to focus on the construction related terms and conditions, and give short notice to the more legal aspects of the contract. Some terms are used over and over again in construction law contracts, yet builders often overlook these provisions. Here are some common… Read More »

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