Florida’s Statute of Frauds- Performance of Non-Written/Oral Contracts

Non-Compete Agreement

One of the first things an attorney thinks about when defending claims based on oral contracts is whether such claims are barred by the Statute of Frauds. The State of Frauds is a common law defense which has been incorporated into statute in Florida. Traditionally, the Statute of Frauds requires a signed writing in the … Read more

Pay-when-Paid Provisions in Construction Contracting

In construction contracting subcontractors need to be aware of “pay-when-paid”(pay-if-paid) clauses in their contracts with general contractors. The purpose of these provisions is to make payment by the general contractor (GC) to the subcontractor (sub) conditioned upon the GC receiving payment from the owner. Simply put, the GC wants to pay its sub for completed … Read more

Cited by OSHA for a workplace safety violation?

  OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is an agency of the Department of Labor. Its mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and occupational fatality by issuing and enforcing standards for workplace safety and health. For simplicity’s sake, OSHA has officers which perform workplace inspections and issue citations for  non-compliance with  promulgated standards found in … Read more

Econometric Services: Valuation and Loss Determination through Expert Analysis

ANDREW DOUGLAS, P.A. now offers forensic valuation and expert witness services. Andrew Douglas, P.A. offers Business Consultations and Forensic Business Valuation services for matters related to proceedings in Eminent Domain, Divorce, Probate and all other litigation. Andrew Douglas is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, and University of Florida College of … Read more

The Miller Act: Recovering from the Bond on Federal Construction Projects

Overview The Miller Act requires that prime contractors for the construction, alteration, or repair of Federal buildings furnish a payment bond for contracts in excess of $100,000. Other payment protections may be provided for contracts between $30,000 and $100,000. The payment bond is required as security for the protection of those supplying labor and/or materials … Read more

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

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