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Construction Law Authority / Articles posted by Becker & Poliakoff (Page 3)

Free Construction Work, Come and Get It

If you want work done for free, hire an unlicensed contractor.  The 3rd District Court of Appeals rendered a not-final opinion October 27th articulating a very clear message: unlicensed contractors need not be paid.    In Master Tech Satellite, Inc., etc. v. Mastec North America, Inc., etc. (No. 3D08-2509 October 27, 2010), Master Tech was hired by Mastec North America to install residential digital satellite systems for Mastec's customers.  Mastec North America apparently did not pay for the work.  Master Tech then sued to recover on the contract in an amount in excess of $300,000.00.  During the course of discovery, it was brought to light that the work performed by Master Tech involved at least some electrical work and required a license.  It was also discovered that, in fact, Master Tech did not hold such a license.  The trial court granted summary judgment for defendant based on Sec.489.532, Florida...