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Construction lawsuit between contractor and county proceeds

| May 10, 2021 | Construction Law |

Florida contractors who bid on large projects and are fortunate enough to be given the job will inevitably feel enthusiasm and excitement about the chance to ply their trade and boost their business. Those who hire contractors – whether it is a public or private entity – will also want their vision to come to fruition. With large projects, it is common for disputes to arise. There is a wide range of problems that come up from financing to disagreements about when it will be completed to issues as to how the work is being done. When these escalate, it may be necessary to consider legal action. From the perspective of the contractor or the entity that hired the contractor, having professional legal assistance may be critical.

Airport terminal project sparks lawsuit

An airport terminal is at the center of a multi-layered legal battle between a Florida county and a contractor. The contractor filed to delay the proceeding, saying that the county has failed to come to the negotiating table to settle their issues. The county asserts that the project is being unreasonably delayed. The project – worth $9.5 million – has resulted in the county filing a claim against the company and its insurer. It is asking for $1.2 million. The contractor is accused of breach of contract even though it oversaw the project from top to bottom. The county complains that the contractor did not have the proper permits, adjusted the schedule to get more time to finish the project, shielded itself from liquidated damages and more. The county says liquidated damages were supposed to have been paid, but were not.

Understanding construction contracts and available options

Whether it is a small project on a person’s residence, a midsize project for a commercial building or a large project regarding infrastructure, there are challenges that arise with construction. It might be a small gap about cost and when the project will be completed. It could be something large with structural problems or an outright failure to adhere to the terms of the contract. If construction liens, poor design and other issues come up, it is wise for both parties to understand the value of experienced legal guidance.

Negotiation or litigation may require legal assistance

This construction law case involves a contractor and a county in disagreement over several aspects of a major airport renovation. While most construction projects do not reach this level, there are lessons to be learned for anyone who is either working as a contractor or is hiring one. A fundamental consideration is how to settle disputes. Negotiation or litigation can be complicated and having experienced help can provide advice and representation from the start.

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Dana Watts is a board certified civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization with more than 30 years of litigation experience. He also received an AV* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

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