Many of you in the construction industry may already be familiar with dispute resolution models, such as mediation and arbitration, in resolving construction disputes. However, a number of reports and studies show an increasing trend toward one model of dispute resolution in particular– the Dispute Review Board (DRB). In fact, Florida recently used a DRB […]
After a masonry subcontractor abandoned his work, the general contractor decided to finish the job itself, while it brought an action against the surety which had issued a performance bond on the subcontractor’s behalf. After all, the masonry company had failed to perform as promised. Though the trial court ruled in favor of the surety, the […]
It often happens. After a contractor submits his proposal, the parties continue to negotiate, refining both the scope of the work and the final price. But while this is taking place, the contractor may begin to lay out the work and deliver some materials. Before you know it, although nothing has been signed, not only […]
We’ve all seen those plants and tree limbs which extend beyond someone’s property. What if that foliage obstructs traffic signs or blocks a driver’s view of an intersection? Is the property owner then liable for any resulting accident? Yes, according to Florida law. Property owners cannot allow their trees or hedges to grow into the public right-of-way. The law expects that owners can and should monitor their properties to determine if overgrown foliage poses a risk or danger to third parties.