Monday, April 30, 2012

OSHA Inspection Tip

If OSHA visits your job site, stop all work until the visit is complete. Make sure a representative of management is on-site during the inspection if at all possible.



Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278
www.trentcotney.com

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Incorporation by Reference and Arbitration

An arbitration provision can be incorporated by reference even if it is not specifically identified.  See JS & H Construction Company v. Richmond County Hospital Authority, 473 F.2d 212 (5th Cir. 1973).

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 579-3278
www.trentcotney.com

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Request for Copy of Bond

If the claimant requested a copy of the bond from the contractor or owner and did not receive one, then the claimant may have rights against them for failure to provide a copy, but that will not excuse the claimant’s failure to timely perfect its claim against the surety.  Mursten Const. Co. v. C.E.S. Industries, Inc., 588 So. 2d 1061 (Fla. 3d DCA 1991).  (RPPTL Subcommittee).


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

Friday, April 20, 2012

FRSA Board Meetings in Melbourne

The quarterly Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Association Board Meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Melbourne today and tomorrow.



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

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Claimants under 255.05 Payment Bonds

Claimants under Florida Statute 255.05 are the same persons defined as claimants under the lien law in Florida Statute 713.01.


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

Monday, April 16, 2012

Claim of Lien Statute of Limitations

Unless otherwise accelerated, the statute of limitations for a lien claim is one year from the date of recording.

Trent Cotney
1207 N Franklin St, Ste 222
Tampa, Florida  33602
(813) 579-3278
www.trentcotney.com

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Warranty of Habitability

The warranty of habitability applies only to new home buyers not tenants.  Mansur v. Eubanks, 401 So.2d 1328 (Fla. 1981).

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

No Damage for Delay Clause and Design Defect

A no damage for delay provision is unenforceable against a contractor when the delay is caused by a known but undisclosed design defect.  Triple R Paving v. Broward County, 774 So.2d 50 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000).

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

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Law Governing Disposal Systems Repealed

The 2011 enactment of section 381.0065(5), requiring periodic inspections of on-site sewage disposal systems (“septic tanks”) is repealed, and authority to impose such requirements is authorized by local governments whose boundaries include a “first magnitude spring,” as defined in the bill.  (from RPPTL Subcommittee).



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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Florida Building Commission and Dec Statements

"In the case of all Petitions for Declaratory Statement filed with the Florida Building Commission, which normally meets every other month, the commission requires both a First Reading and a Second Reading at different meetings, with the results that any final action thereon requires at least 74-75 days, depending on the timing of the filing in relationship to the required publication dates for the Friday Florida Administrative Weekly (Wednesday noon deadline for publication 10 days later)."  (from RPPTL Subcommittee).



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

Monday, April 2, 2012

Contractor Licensing and Cooling Towers

A final order was issued to Jim Phelps, Phelps Engineering Company, on February 7, 2012, interpreting s. 489.105(3), that a contractor’s license is required for the installation of plastic baffle materials to an existing cooling tower.



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