Florida Construction Law: Serve a Notice to Owner to Preserve Lien Rights

The filing of a Notice to Owner is just one of many steps in perfecting a claim of lien under Florida law. The Notice to Owner is filed by a subcontractor or materialman who does not have a contract with the Owner. This notices simply lets the Owner know “hey, I am working on your … Read more

Local Preference in Florida Public Procurement

Generally, public works construction projects must be procured by  competitive bidding. Fla. Stat. 255.20(1).  However, the requirement for competitive bidding in Fla. Stat. 255.20 does not prohibit application of any small-business or disadvantaged-business enterprise program or any local-preference ordinance.Fla Stat. 255.20(i). Local Preference ordinances are used by governmental entities to help local businesses obtain public work, … Read more

Florida’s Civil Theft Statute – A powerful addition to a claim for theft/conversion.

Florida’s Civil Theft Statute is a powerful tool to recover  damages for theft and theft related civil actions which enables the Plaintiffs to seek attorney’s fees and treble (triple) damages.  However, there are some nuances in Florida Law which should be reviewed before filing an action for Civil Theft. First, the economic loss doctrine is generally a … Read more

Federal Civil RICO Violations- Open and Closed Ended Continuity

The Federal Civil RICO statute is a very powerful tool that can provide a litigant Federal Question Jurisdiction and the ability to recover treble damages and attorneys’ fees when otherwise unavailable. However, a major hurdle to successfully pleading and prosecuting a civil RICO claim is making sure that the facts support a showing of the … Read more

Andrew Douglas, P.A. IPhone Web App- Now Available

Carry your attorney with you on your phone. Andrew Douglas, P.A. can now be installed on your Iphone as a web-based application. Now you can follow the conversation wherever you go. Go to www.douglasfirm.com on your Iphone Safari browser, Click the “+” button on the bottom of the browser. Select Add to my Home Screen. … Read more

Bid Protests – Public Procurement

A bid protest is a tool available to bidders on public projects who feel that they have been aggrieved by the bid process. However, to properly bring a bid protest you need to have standing. Generally, only the second lowest bidder has standing to challenge the award to the lowest bidder. There are some exceptions … Read more

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Andrew Douglas, P.A. is a Broward County based Florida commercial and construction law firm. This discussion blog will address topics of interest in fields of construction law, commercial litigation, and criminal defense. Please feel free to leave a comment with any idea for discussion. Thank you, Andrew Douglas