When an engineer agreed to help out a fellow professional whose license to practice had been revoked, he didn’t bargain on becoming the subject of disciplinary proceedings. He had assumed the role of engineer of record on two ongoing projects, and reviewed the work performed to date by the now unlicensed engineer. He did so …
Far too often, feelings of elation and the excitement of purchasing a new condominium can sour when the buyer becomes aware of one or more construction defects. A dream unit can become a nightmare once flaws, both patent and latent, are encountered after the developer has turned over the project and left the site. Who is accountable for the necessary repairs?
In today’s post-boom construction environment, claims by project owners of construction defects, wrongful or otherwise, are all too common. Because the potential for damages and litigation expense associated with such claims can be substantial, a contractor would do well to have a working knowledge of his rights and responsibilities under a commercial general liability (“CGL”) insurance policy, especially the carrier’s “duty to defend”.
Though well-intentioned as a means to resolve construction defect disputes prior to litigation, the application of Florida Statute Chapter 558’s procedures can be unwieldy in practice, with cases interpreting its provisions emanating from Florida’s courts in a piecemeal fashion.
It has been more than ninety years since United States Supreme Court Justice Brandeis delivered his landmark opinion in United States v. Spearin, 248 U.S. 132 (1918). Yet today the Spearin doctrine remains at the forefront of construction law.