Unlicensed Contractors Can't Enforce Pacts, Fla. Court Says

Law360, Miami (January 24, 2013, 3:49 PM EST) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that an unlicensed contractor could not defend itself in a construction dispute by arguing the other party was equally responsible because it knew the contractor had no license.

The state high court said that the section of the Florida Statutes that governed construction contracting prevented subcontractor Earth Trades Inc. from arguing that it and T&G Corp. were in pari delicto, or equal wrongdoers, because T&G was aware Earth Trades was not licensed by the state. The Florida law prohibited...
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