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HRKM Lawyers Recover Costs From Plaintiff After Dismissal of Warehouse Fire Case

Chris Hill and Andy Showen secured a judgment of dismissal at the close of plaintiff’s case in a Federal court trial in Orlando in December 2015.  The court taxed defense costs against the plaintiff of over $17,000 in post-trial proceedings, which the plaintiff then paid to HRKM’s client’s insurer. The plaintiff, a developer, had purchased… Read More »

Can Legal Draftsmanship Fix The Florida Constitution Statute of Repose Problem?

We often hear that Florida has a ten year statute of repose for claims arising out of construction.[1]  Contractors design their risk management plans (such as they are) assuming there is an absolute ten year bar against lawsuits.  But the ten year respose period was never quite so clear, and less so since May 2015. … Read More »

Performance Bonds , Indemnity Agreements and Contractor’s Spouses

Building contractors often have to provide performance bonds to owners. Do their spouses understand they are cosigning for those bonds and may lose their homes and personal assets when obtaining the bond? Contractors’ spouses’ risk on bonded projects You may have heard of the problem of a spouse who gets stuck with a tax liability… Read More »

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE HAVE TO GO TO PENNSYLVANIA TO ENFORCE OUR WARRANTY?”: ROOF REPLACEMENT, VENUE CLAUSES, WARRANTY LIMITATIONS, AND OTHER PITFALLS IN CONDOMINIUM REPAIR CONTRACTS

The Life and Death of a Roof: A condominium building with a low-slope roof (commonly but incorrectly referred to as a “flat” roof) will need a reroof every seven to twenty years. This is a major budget item that can cost from $8 to $15 per square foot of roof deck, which quickly adds up… Read More »