• Implied Warranties of Fitness and Merchantability: warranties apply to improvements that provide essential services to residential subdivision, including infrastructure, roadways, retention ponds, underground pipes, and drainage systems –Maronda Homes, Inc. of Fla. v. Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Ass’n, No. SC10-2292 (Fla. Nov. 21, 2013) (affirmed)
  • Implied Warranties of Fitness and Merchantability: section 553.835, Fla. Stat. does not apply to cause of action for breach of implied warranties that accrued before effective date of that section – Maronda Homes, Inc. of Fla. v. Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Ass’n, No. SC10-2292 (Fla. Nov. 21, 2013) (affirmed)
  • Taxing E-Discovery Costs: Uniform Guidelines on the Taxation of Costs amended to allow recovery of (i) costs of producing copies of relevant electronic media in response to a discovery request and (ii) costs of converting electronically stored information to a reasonably usable format in response to a discovery request that seeks production in such format –In Re: Amendments to Fla. R. of Civ. P., No. SC13-74 (Fla. Nov. 14, 2013) (adopting amendments)
  • Release: settlement agreement that released claims “relating in any way” to subject loan documents and/or property not broad enough to release separate foreclosure involving other property; separate foreclosure not related to subject loan documents simply because shared common guarantor whose guaranty contained cross-default provision – Columbia Bank v. Columbia Developers, LLC, No. 1D12-5270 (Fla. 1st DCA Nov. 20, 2013) (order of dismissal reversed)
  • Foreclosure: trial court lacked jurisdiction to enter default judgment in favor of mortgagors declaring mortgage and note cancelled and satisfied, and subject property free of all encumbrances and liens, where mortgagors’ counterclaims sought only money damages – BAC Home Loans Servicing, Inc. v. Headley, No. 3D12-1560 (Fla. 3d DCA Nov. 20, 2013) (final judgment reversed)
  • Foreclosure: clerk’s default entered after defendant served motion seeking additional time to respond to complaint was error and could not provide basis for final summary judgment of foreclosure in favor of plaintiff – Palacin v. HSBC Bank USA Nat’l Ass’n, as Trustee, No. 4D12-4083 (Fla. 4th DCA Nov. 20, 2013) (final summary judgment reversed)
  • Default Judgment: court must find “deliberate” and “contumacious disregard of the court’s authority” to enter default for failure to comply with a court order – Timeus v. Wells Fargo Bank, No. 3D13-1462 (Fla. 3d DCA Nov. 27, 2013) (final judgment of foreclosure reversed