Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fla Supremes: State Agencies Can't Hide from Contract Liability

In Dep't of Envt'l Prot. v. ContractPoint, the Florida Supreme Court held that where an agency is found to have breached a contract, it may not hide behind a statutory provision requiring legislative authorization to pay the judgment.

As the Court handles it, this is a legislative interpretation question involving conflicting statutory intents (the dissent disagrees).

This is very important to anyone who contracts with state agencies (including, perhaps, development-type agreements, easement agreements and negotiated sales) and should be read by all.

I'm also guessing that this will result in a bunch of cases where folks try to find ways to frame cases as being based in contract rather than tort.

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