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Florida Construction Law Update

Construction Law Success Story: Judgment Denying Lien Foreclosure Claim

Posted in Construction, Construction Contracts, Lien

The Florida law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. recently obtained a judgment following an October 2014 bench trial in Miami, Florida, completely denying the Plaintiff’s construction lien foreclosure claim.

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Engineering Malpractice Defense Verdict for Coastal Engineering Firm

Posted in Construction Contracts, Contractors, General

Example of DredgingThe Florida law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. proudly announces another defense verdict in a construction case in which it defended Florida’s premier Coastal, Waterfront, and Dredging Engineering firm. View the Engineering Malpractice Trial Verdict. Continue Reading

State Court Finds Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Statute Unconstitutional

Posted in Contractors, Florida Legislation, Insurance, Negligence

Judge Jorge E. Cueto, sitting in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, Florida, recently found the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act, as amended effective October 1, 2003, does not provide a “reasonable alternative remedy to the tort remedy it supplanted.” Padgett v. State of Florida, No. 11-13661-CA-25 (view the Padgett opinion). This ruling declares the remedies provided under Chapter 440 of the Florida Statutes as unconstitutional due to the lack of ‘significant’ benefits to the worker. Continue Reading

Florida Attorney David Harrigan Designated as Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law

Posted in General

Board Certified Construction Law Attorneys

The Florida law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. is pleased to announce that Florida Attorney David Harrigan has been recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law. According to the Florida Bar, Board Certification is the highest level of evaluation of competency and experience within an area of law, as well as professionalism and ethics in practice. Board Certified Specialists are required to possess a minimum level of relevant experience and undergo a rigorous examination process to demonstrate their competency in specific areas of the law. Continue Reading

Construction Law Success Story: Partial Summary Judgment on Duty to Defend Structural Engineer

Posted in Construction Contracts, Indemnification, Subcontractors

Cole, Scott & Kissane’s Florida Construction Law Attorneys, David Salazar and Dave Peterson, recently obtained partial summary judgment on the duty to defend a structural engineer in a construction delay claim. This case is a winning example that the duty to defend is broader than – as well as separate and apart from – the duty to indemnify, extending to all potential claims, whether ultimately covered or not, so long as the proper contractual language is met. Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Affirms No Coverage for Cost to Repair Damage Caused by Subcontractor’s Defective Work

Posted in Construction, Construction Contracts, Indemnification, Insurance

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals continues to find favorably for commercial general liability (CGL) carriers on coverage for damage to the completed project caused by the defective work of subcontractors. On July 11, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit decided J.D.B. Construction, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company, No. 13-10138 (11th Cir. Jul. 11, 2014) (view the JDB Construction opinion). The case involved the construction of a fitness center to be attached to an existing building in the Tampa area. Continue Reading

Construction Law Success Story: Summary Judgment for Civil Engineer in Professional Malpractice Case

Posted in Contractors, Design Professionals, Engineers, Professional Liability

Cole, Scott, & Kissane P.A.‘s Construction Practice Group is proud to announce a very significant result it recently obtained for a client. Specifically, the firm’s construction law attorneys recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of a civil engineer in a professional malpractice claim. Continue Reading

Construction Law Success Story: No Liability Arbitration Award for Bridge Contractor in Negligence Case

Posted in Construction, Construction Contracts, Contractors, Negligence

Cole, Scott, & Kissane P.A.‘s Construction Practice Group is proud to announce a very significant result it recently obtained for a client. Specifically, the firm’s construction law attorneys recently obtained a no liability / zero liability finding in a multi-million dollar arbitration in Ft. Myers on behalf of a bridge contractor in a negligence case. Continue Reading

The Florida Supreme Court Limits the Statute of Limitations: Caduceus Properties v. William Graney

Posted in Statutes of Limitations

The Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision in Caduceus Properties v. William Graney, et al.[1] limits the applicability of the Statute of Limitations to a primary Plaintiff attempting to file a direct claim against a previously named Third-Party Defendant. The case addressed the timeliness of an Amended Complaint with a direct claim against a Third-Party Defendant that was filed after the Statute of Limitations had run. William Graney, principal of an engineering firm, was sued by the Plaintiff after the Third-Party Complaint against him and his firm was dismissed and the Statute of Limitations had run. Continue Reading

Self-Insured Retention Obligations, Third-Party Indemnification Payments, and the Made Whole Doctrine

Posted in Indemnification, Insurance, Subrogation

In Intervest Constr. of Jax, Inc. v. General Fid. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 463309 (Fla. 2014), the Florida Supreme Court decided a matter of first impression certified to it by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals holding that an insured was permitted to apply third-party indemnification payments towards its self-insured retention (“SIR”) obligation under a CGL policy. The Court further held that the subrogation “transfer of rights provision” within the CGL policy did not abrogate the common law “made whole doctrine.” While important decisions in their own right, the decisions are case and fact specific, requiring insurers and insureds to look to the terms of their own policies to determine their rights and obligations. Continue Reading