Monday, October 31, 2011

Breach of Express Warranty

Venue for the breach of an express warranty of goods is where the goods were delivered.  Express warranties are limited to the parties to a contract and intended (identified) third party beneficiaries.  Affiliates for Evaluation and Therapy, Inc. v. Viasyn Corp., 500 So.2d 688 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987).


Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified in Construction Law
Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A.
100 S. Ashley Dr., Suite 1300
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-3333

Friday, October 28, 2011

489.129 and Renting Your License


Section 489.129(1)(d), Florida Statutes prohibits renting your license.  It states:


(1)  The board may take any of the following actions against any certificateholder or registrant: place on probation or reprimand the licensee, revoke, suspend, or deny the issuance or renewal of the certificate or registration, require financial restitution to a consumer for financial harm directly related to a violation of a provision of this part, impose an administrative fine not to exceed $10,000 per violation, require continuing education, or assess costs associated with investigation and prosecution, if the contractor, financially responsible officer, or business organization for which the contractor is a primary qualifying agent, a financially responsible officer, or a secondary qualifying agent responsible under s. 489.1195 is found guilty of any of the following acts:

(d)  Performing any act which assists a person or entity in engaging in the prohibited uncertified and unregistered practice of contracting, if the certificateholder or registrant knows or has reasonable grounds to know that the person or entity was uncertified and unregistered.


Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Contract and Statute of Limitations

A contract provision that directly shrinks the statute of limitations for a claim is void.  Section 95.03, Florida Statutes.  Instead, many contracts use notice provisions or other clauses to create waiver arguments.  


Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Do the OSHA Construction Standards Apply to Me?


The standards apply to:

All contractors who enter into contracts which are for construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating [29 CFR 1926.10(a)].

 All subcontractors who agree to perform any part of the labor or material requirements of a contract [29 CFR 1926.13(c)].

 All suppliers who furnish any supplies or materials, if the work involved is performed on or near a construction site, or if the supplier fabricates the goods or materials specifically for the construction project, and the work can be said to be a construction activity [29 CFR 1926.13(c)]. 


Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified in Construction Law
Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A.
100 S. Ashley Dr., Suite 1300
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-3333

Monday, October 24, 2011

Summary Judgment and Affirmative Defenses

To succeed on summary judgment, you need to address and refute all of the affirmative defenses asserted by the other party.  Helping Hand Private Foundations, Inc. v. Ocean Palms Beach Club, Inc., 2011 WL 4647472 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011).





Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Latent Defects and Statute of Repose


The statute of repose for latent defects is 10 years in the State of Florida.  95.11(3)(C), Fla. Stat.





Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Friday, October 21, 2011

713.15 and Repo of Construction Materials

713.15, Fla. Stat. provides: "If for any reason the completion of an improvement is abandoned or though the improvement is completed, materials delivered are not used therefor, a person who has delivered materials for the improvement which have not been incorporated therein and for which he or she has not received payment may peaceably repossess and remove such materials or replevy the same and thereupon he or she shall have no lien on the real property or improvements and no right against any persons for the price thereof, but shall have the same rights in regard to the materials as if he or she had never parted with their possession." 



Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

ILSFDA Exemptions

Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act exemptions do not apply where developer makes material misrepresentations or attempts to evade the disclosures required under the Act.  Gentry v. Harborage Cottages-Stuart, LLLP, 2011 WL 3904087 (11th Cir. 2011).

Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Unliquidated Damages Requires Evidentiary Hearing

The Court in Rodriguez-Faro v. M. Escarda Contractor, Inc., 2011 WL 4467385 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011), held that on an equitable lien claim, the submittal of a contractor's affidavit was insufficient to prove the amount of unliquidated damages and required an evidentiary hearing.  

Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Motion to Dismiss and 57.105

A Motion to Dismiss may form the basis of Section 57.105, Florida Statutes sanctions if the facts upon which it is based render the motion without merit.  Gahn v. Holiday Property Bond, Ltd., 826 So.2d 423 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002).  

Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Speaking at RCASF on OSHA October 19, 2011


I will be speaking at the Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida (RCASF) on October 19, 2011 in Pembroke Pines on OSHA.  The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Grand Palms Resort.  Attendees will receive 1 hour of CILB credit.  

Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Monday, October 17, 2011

Supplier Notice Requirements and Payment Bonds

"Actual notice that a materialman is providing materials to a project, therefore, is insufficient to satisfy the notice requirements of Section 713.23(1)(c). A subcontractor is not excused from the notice requirement of Section 713.23(1)(c) even where the owner, surety or contractor did not fully adhere to the requirements of chapter 713, Florida Statutes. See Prof'l Plastering & Stucco, 940 So.2d at 448 (“[E]ven if the Subcontractor is correct that the Owner, the Surety, and the Contractor did not fully adhere to the requirements of chapter 713, the Subcontractor [is] not excused from complying with the requirements of Section 713.23 that it provide notice ....” (quoting Bridgeport, Inc. v. Tampa Roofing Co., 903 So.2d 306, 309 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005))."

Stock Building Supply of Florida, Inc. v. Soares Da Costa Construction Services, LLC, 2011 WL 2694522 (Fla. 4th DCA October 5, 2011).



Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fraudulent Liens and Section 713.31

The fraudulent lien statute is contained in Section 713.31, Florida Statutes and discusses the penalties for recording a fraudulent lien.  


Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Photographing Pre-existing Conditions

When asked to repair or remodel an existing structure, contractors should take photographs or video of the job site prior to starting work to preserve evidence of pre-existing conditions such as water intrusion, dry rot, mold or termite damage.

Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Friday, October 14, 2011

Settlement Agreements and Judgments

Post-suit, a settlement agreement can provide for the entry of an ex parte final judgment upon default.  Weinberg v. Lozman, 364 So.2d 841 (Fla. 3d DCA 1978).




Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lack of Jurisdiction for Local Licensing Board

The Supreme Court held that local contractor licensing boards do not have jurisdiction over Federal government construction projects.  Leslie Miller, Inc. v. State of Arkansas, 352 U.S. 187 (1956).


Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

OSHA Trench Safety Materials

New OSHA safety materials on trenching for underground utility contractors:
http://www.abc.org/Newsroom2/News_Letters/2011/Issue_41/New_Safety_Publications_on_Trenching_Operations_Issued_by_OSHA.aspx


Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Federal Projects, Local Licensing and Permits

On Federal USPS project, local building codes and building permit requirements cannot be enforced because of lack of proper jurisdiction.  USPS v. City of Hollywood, 974 F.Supp. 1459 (S.D. Fla. 1997).



Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Set Aside of Clerk's Default

To set aside a clerk's default for not answering a complaint, a party must show excusable neglect, a meritorious defense and due diligence in seeking the removal of the default.  Harrison v. Harris, 448 So.2d 25 (Fla. 1st DCA 1977).



Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Monday, October 10, 2011

Requests for Admissions

A party in a case can issue a Request for Admissions asking the other side to admit or deny certain facts.  Failure to answer the Request results in those requests being deemed admitted and can be used as evidence against the other party.  Hooten v. Lake County, 177 So.2d 696 (Fla. 2d DCA 1965).



Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Sunday, October 9, 2011

FRSA Board and Committee Meetings - PR Committee


Short video regarding the FRSA Public Relations Committee Meeting at the Westin in Lake Mary, FL. 

Here is the direct link: http://www.youtube.com/user/FLConstructionLaw#p/u/10/kVnTD4zQLFI



Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Friday, October 7, 2011

Latent Ambiguity in Plans Construed against Drafter

If design documents contain a latent ambiguity or conflict, those documents are construed against the drafter.  See U.S. v. Seckinger, 397 U.S. 203 (1970).

Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Lien Law Video

This is part IV to the Florida Construction Lien Law seminar.  The seminar continues the discussion of perfecting lien claims and lienable services.  Here is a direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il_tOwsp_G8



Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Surety Bond and Extent of Liability

Generally, a surety cannot be held liable beyond the penal amount or sum of the bond.  The concept is similar to insurance where a carrier can tender its policy limits.  

Trenton H. Cotney
Board Certified in Construction Law
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278