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When a lis pendens is recorded and it is NOT founded on a duly recorded instrument such as a mortgage or a lien, the Court has the power to either discharge the lis pendens or require that a lis pendens bond be posted.   Typically, when the lis pendens is not recorded on a duly recorded instrument, the defendant will move to discharge the lis pendens or require the plaintiff to post a lis pendens…
When a lis pendens is recorded and it is NOT founded on a duly recorded instrument such as a mortgage or a lien, the Court has the power to either discharge the lis pendens or require that a lis pendens bond be posted.   Typically, when the lis pendens is not recorded on a duly recorded instrument, the defendant will move to discharge the lis pendens or require the plaintiff to post a lis pendens…
When a lis pendens is recorded and it is NOT founded on a duly recorded instrument such as a mortgage or a lien, the Court has the power to either discharge the lis pendens or require that a lis pendens bond be posted.   Typically, when the lis pendens is not recorded on a duly recorded instrument, the defendant will move to discharge the lis pendens or require the plaintiff to post a lis pendens…
Insurance policies often contain an “Other Insurance” provision to limit or control an insurer’s risk if another insurer covers the same risk / loss.  See Pavarini Construction Co. (Se) Inc. v. Ace American Ins. Co., 161 F.Supp.3d 1227, 1234 (S.D.Fla. 2015) (“Other Insurance” provisions apply “when two or more insurance policies are on the same subject matter, risk, and interest.”).  This is an important provision to insurers and may be modified by an endorsement to your…
Insurance policies often contain an “Other Insurance” provision to limit or control an insurer’s risk if another insurer covers the same risk / loss.  See Pavarini Construction Co. (Se) Inc. v. Ace American Ins. Co., 161 F.Supp.3d 1227, 1234 (S.D.Fla. 2015) (“Other Insurance” provisions apply “when two or more insurance policies are on the same subject matter, risk, and interest.”).  This is an important provision to insurers and may be modified by an endorsement to your…
Many construction contracts contain a forum selection provision that requires disputes to brought in a particular jurisdiction.  A mandatory forum selection provision will use words of exclusivity, like “shall,” that unequivocally requires disputes to be brought in that jurisdiction.  On the other hand, a permissive forum selection provision will not use words of exclusivity meaning a dispute “may” be brought in that jurisdiction.  Where to file a lawsuit is an initial, important consideration.  (For a…
When a subcontractor furnishes a payment bond, is it referred to as a common law payment bond governed by state law.  There is no federal statute (or even state statute in most jurisdictions) governing the requirements of a subcontractor’s payment bond, hence the reason it is oftentimes referred to as a common law payment bond.  This is different than a prime contractor’s payment bond which is generally governed by federal or state-specific statutes. In an…
Common law indemnity is not an easy claim to prove as the one seeking common law indemnity MUST be without fault: Indemnity is a right which inures to one who discharges a duty owed by him, but which, as between himself and another, should have been discharged by the other and is allowable only where the whole fault is in the one against whom indemnity is sought. It shifts the entire loss from one who, although without…
Common law indemnity is not an easy claim to prove as the one seeking common law indemnity MUST be without fault: Indemnity is a right which inures to one who discharges a duty owed by him, but which, as between himself and another, should have been discharged by the other and is allowable only where the whole fault is in the one against whom indemnity is sought. It shifts the entire loss from one who, although without…
The definition of “concurrent delay” seems simple, but it can give rise to thorny issues including misunderstandings, not truly digging into the causes of the alleged concurrent delay, and the lack of apportionment of the concurrent delay period.   This is why when dealing with any delay it is good practice to work with a scheduling consultant in conjunction with counsel that understands how to best prosecute or defend against delay-related claims.   This includes…