Recent Blog Posts
HRKM Attorneys, Nick Patrick, Andrew Showen and Scott Reed had the privilege of attending the Orange County Bar Association’s Joint Voluntary Happy Hour in Downtown Orlando last night. Thank you to the OCBA for hosting such a great event!
Hurricane Matthew has brought out repair contractors offering services to property owners who have suffered damages to their homes, businesses and condominiums. Already we’ve seen one form of agreement between a repair contractor and a condominium association with hurricane damage, which contains an “assignment of benefits”. This is language assigning to the contractor, the condominium… Read More »
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, partners and staff of Hill, Rugh, Keller & Main, P.L. “pink-out” the office in Orlando.#BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #PinktoberOrlando
The issue of whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor for liability purposes is not always clear-cut. To resolve the issue, Florida courts apply a multifactor test, with the most important factor being the “extent of control” a company retains over how a worker does his job. For a small business, getting… Read More »
Chris Hill recently won a jury trial in a commercial litigation case for a local antiques dealer. HRKM filed suit on behalf of a family-owned Winter Park company, seeking to collect more than $1 million from purchasers located in Chicago. The Chicago buyers had purchased hundreds of Asian antiques, but had failed to pay… Read More »
HRKM lawyers used aerial photography taken over time in a recent trial to prove that a property had numerous gaps in a fence line which the plaintiff claimed was secure. In the above photo from property appraiser’s public records, one can see an open dirt roadway through a gap where a barely visible chain link… Read More »
Partner, Ric Keller and staff of HRKM had the privilege of attending TCU Construction’s Networking Event at Bar Louie last Thursday. Our staff had an amazing time meeting everyone who participated in this occasion!
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 »
We often hear that Florida has a ten year statute of repose for claims arising out of construction. 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 »
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 »