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Court Of Appeals Of Mississippi Holds That A Party Seeking To Compel Arbitration Has Not Invoked The Litigation Process When It Enters Default And Responds To Dispositive Motions With A Specific Reservation Of Its Right To Arbitration

The Mississippi Court of Appeals recently held that a general contractor that sought to compel arbitration in a breach of contract dispute between it and another contractor did not waive its right to pursue arbitration by invoking the litigation process, when it entered a notice of default (that it later agreed to withdraw) and defended…
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Supreme Court Of Tennessee Reverses Lower Court’s Limitation Of Attorney’s Fees And Costs Award To A Homeowner

In Donovan v. Hastings, the Supreme Court of Tennessee analyzed whether the trial and appellate courts properly limited an award of attorney fees and costs under Tennessee Code § 20-12-119(c) to a plaintiff homeowner to those incurred after the date an amended countercomplaint was filed by the defendant contractor. 2022 WL 12301177, at *1 (Tenn….
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Florida Court Of Appeal Clarifies Timing Rule In Constuction Lien Statute

In A. Alexis Varela, Inc. v. Pagio, No. 5D21-2077, 2022 WL 1592482 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. May 20, 2022), the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s order dismissing a contractor’s lien foreclosure claim. The Court of Appeal stated that the trial court erred in computing the deadline for the contractor to…
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Tennessee Court Of Appeals Holds Alabama Based Contractor Must Litigate In Davidson County

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently held Tennessee courts could exercise personal jurisdiction over Pierce & Allred Construction, Inc. (the “Defendant”), an Alabama-based company. Baskin v. Pierce & Allred Construction, Inc., No. M202100144COAR3CV, 2022 WL 258631 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 28, 2022). The Court of Appeals also held Davidson County, Tennessee was a proper venue…
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Florida Court Of Appeal Says Neighborhood Association Is Bound By Arbitration Agreement

In Lennar Homes, LLC v. Martinique at the Oasis Neighborhood Association, Inc., No. 3D20-1732, 2021 WL 6057113 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2021), the Third District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s decision to deny Lennar Homes, LLC’s (“Lennar Homes”) Motion to Compel Arbitration. The Court of Appeal held the arbitration provision was…
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Florida Appellate Court Upholds Dismissal Of Contractor’s Case

In Gen. Contractors of Cent. Fla. LLC v. Heritage Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., No. 3D21-34, 2021 WL 5617450 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Dec. 1, 2021), the Third District Court of Appeal affirmed the lower court’s decision to dismiss General Contractor of Central Florida’s (“General Contractors”) lawsuit seeking payment for work it performed on its…
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