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    Florida Builders Right To Repair Current Law Summary:

    Current Law Summary: In Title XXXIII Chapter 558, the Florida Legislature establishes a requirement that homeowners who allege construction defects must first notify the construction professional responsible for the defect and allow them an opportunity to repair the defect before the homeowner canbring suit against the construction professional. The statute, which allows homeowners and associations to file claims against certain types of contractors and others, defines the type of defects that fall under the authority of the legislation and the types of housing covered in thelegislation. Florida sets strict procedures that homeowners must follow in notifying construction professionals of alleged defects. The law also establishes strict timeframes for builders to respond to homeowner claims. Once a builder has inspected the unit, the law allows the builder to offer to repair or settle by paying the owner a sum to cover the cost of repairing the defect. The homeowner has the option of accepting the offer or rejecting the offer and filing suit. Under the statute the courts must abate any homeowner legal action until the homeowner has undertaken the claims process. The law also requires contractors, subcontractors and other covered under the law to notify homeowners of the right to cure process.


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    Local # 1024
    103 Century 21 Dr Ste 100
    Jacksonville, FL 32216

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    PO Box 7353
    Lake City, FL 32055

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    PO Box 979
    Panama City, FL 32402
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    PO Box 1259
    Tallahassee, FL 32302

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    4400 Bayou Blvd Suite 45
    Pensacola, FL 32503

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    1980 Lewis Turner Blvd
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

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    Daniel Ferhat Receives Two Awards for Service to the Legal Community

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    Partner Daniel Ferhat was recently recognized by The Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) with the President’s Award at PADC’s Annual Meeting. This award was given in recognition of Dan’s leadership as President of PADC over the past year. Recognized as the oldest continuously operating local defense organization in the United States, PADC is comprised of over 300 attorneys and acts as a voice for its members and the clients they serve on emerging issues of interest. Dan also received the Exceptional Performance Award from the Defense Research Institute (DRI), which is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation. DRI’s Exceptional Performance Award is given annually to an individual who has supported and improved the standards and education of the defense bar, and for having contributed to the improvement of the administration of justice in the public interest. Read the court decision
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    Mr. Ferhat may be contacted at ferhatd@whiteandwilliams.com

    In One of the First Civil Jury Trials to Proceed Live in Los Angeles Superior Court During Covid, Aneta Freeman Successfully Prevailed on Behalf of our Client and Obtained a Directed Verdict and Non-Suit

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    Reprinted courtesy of Aneta B. Freeman, Chapman Glucksman Dean & Roeb
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    Reprinted courtesy of David Adelstein, Kirwin Norris, P.A.
    Mr. Adelstein may be contacted at dma@kirwinnorris.com

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    Reprinted courtesy of Gus Sara, White and Williams
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    Recommendations for Property Owners After A Hurricane: Submit a Claim

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    If you suffered damage as a result of a hurricane, you should submit a claim under any insurance policy you have that might apply. This includes:
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    Steps for Handling Your Hurricane Insurance Claim
    1. Submit Your Claim. As soon as possible, provide a written notice of claim to your insurer according to the notice provision of your policy. Keep a copy for your records. If you don’t have a copy of your policy, call the insurance company, ask them how to submit your claim, and request a copy of your policy.
    Reprinted courtesy of Kelly A. Johnson, Saxe Doernberger & Vita, Stephanie A. Giagnorio, Saxe Doernberger & Vita and Gregory D. Podolak, Saxe Doernberger & Vita Ms. Johnson may be contacted at KJohnson@sdvlaw.com Ms. Giagnorio may be contacted at SGiagnorio@sdvlaw.com Mr. Podolak may be contacted at GPodolak@sdvlaw.com Read the court decision
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    One-Upmanship by Contractors In Prevailing Wage Decision Leads to a Bad Result for All . . . Perhaps

    July 19, 2021 —
    Fights between contractors can be a bit like Mad magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy” with each side trying to out outwit and one-up one another. The next case, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement v. Built Pacific, Inc., Case No. D076601 (March 15, 2021), is a case in point. The Built Pacific Case Built Pacific, Inc. was a subcontractor to Austin Sundt Joint Venture on a public works project known as the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Project. In 2015, following an investigation by the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), the DLSE issued a Civil Wage Penalty Assessment of $119,319.76 based on Built Pacific’s failure to pay prevailing wages. The DLSE also named Austin Sundt in the Civil Wage Assessment pursuant to Labor Code 1743 which makes contractors and subcontractors jointly and severally liable for wage violations. As a result of the Civil Wage Assessment, Austin Sundt withheld approximately $70,000 in retention from Built Pacific. Read the court decision
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    Reprinted courtesy of Garret Murai, Nomos LLP
    Mr. Murai may be contacted at gmurai@nomosllp.com