Johnson Electric Co., Inc. v. Columbia Casualty Co.

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Florida
Writing for the CourtTERRELL, J.
Citation133 So. 850,101 Fla. 186
Decision Date14 April 1931
PartiesJOHNSON ELECTRIC CO., Inc. v. COLUMBIA CASUALTY CO. et al.

133 So. 850

101 Fla. 186

JOHNSON ELECTRIC CO., Inc.
v.
COLUMBIA CASUALTY CO. et al.

Florida Supreme Court, Division B.

April 14, 1931


Certiorari to Circuit Court, Orange County; Frank A. Smith, Judge.

Action by the Johnson Electric Company, Inc., against the Columbia Casualty Company and others. The circuit court affirmed a judgment of the county court in defendants' favor, and plaintiff petitions for certiorari.

Judgment quashed.

See, also, Barry v. Columbia Casualty Co., 133 So. 852.

Syllabus by the Court.

SYLLABUS

We have no statute authorizing or requiring provision for the protection of third parties in construction contracts other than for public works (section 3533, Revised General Statutes of 1920, section 5397, Compiled General Laws of 1927), but, in the absence of such a statute, there can be no valid objection to parties sui juris contracting for the protection of other parties.

Where a construction contract shows clearly that the principals intended that all subcontractors furnishing labor and materials should be protected thereby, such intention will be enforced by the courts. It is not essential that the subcontractors be formal parties to the contract.

The very essence and purpose of the indemnity bond with the construction contract is to save harmless the laborer, materialman, and subcontractor, along with the main contractor, and, when so expressed, they should be interpreted to effect this purpose. The early common law denied unequivocally any such right.

COUNSEL

[101 Fla. 187] G. P. Garrett and Pleus, Williams & Pleus, all of Orlando, for petitioner.

Maguire & Voorhis, of Orlando, for respondents.

OPINION

TERRELL, J.

This cause is here on certiorari to the circuit court of Orange county to review a judgment of that court affirming a final judgment of the county court of said county.

The final judgment in the county court was the product of an action by petitioner against Columbia Casualty Company as surety on a construction bond executed by Louis Fleisher Construction Company, in favor of the Right Reverend Patrick Barry, Bishop of St. Augustine.

It appears that Louis Fleisher Construction Company entered into contract with the Right Reverend Patrick Barry to construct a school building in Orlando, Fla., and, to guarantee the faithful performance of said contract, an indemnity bond was executed in favor of Bishop Barry with Columbia Casualty Company as surety. Johnson Electric Company [133 So. 851] was a subcontractor with Louis Fleisher Construction Company, and furnished the electrical fixtures and supplies for the main contract. Johnson Electric Company was not paid, and, relying on the bond as aforesaid, brought suit to recover thereon.

[101 Fla. 188] The main question pressed for our determination is whether or not Johnson Electric Company, a subcontractor, is protected by and may sue directly to recover on the bond as thus described.

The contract between Louis Fleisher Construction Company and Bishop Barry carried the following specification:

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  • Auto Mut. Indem. Co. v. Shaw
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • November 9, 1938
    ...6; Hunter v. Wilson, 21 Fla. 250; Enns-Halbe Co. v. Templeton, 101 Fla. 609, 135 So. 135; Johnson Electric Co. v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 186, 133 So. 850, 77 A.L.R. 1. [134 Fla. 824] See also Woodbury v. Tampa W. W. Co., 57 Fla. 249, 49 So. 556, 21 L.R.A.,N.S., 1034. Upon the princ......
  • Parliament Ins. Co. v. L. B. Foster Co., No. 1042
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Civil Appeals of Texas
    • December 31, 1975
    ...Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. v. United States Gypsum Co., 239 Ky. 247, 39 S.W.2d 234 (1931); Johnson Electric Co. v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 186, 133 So. 850 (1931); Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Baltimore, Md. v. Rainer, 220 Ala. 262, 125 So. 55 (1929); Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co.......
  • Bourrett v. W. M. Bride Const. Co., No. 49178
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • June 26, 1957
    ...of the bond. Haakinson & Beaty Co. v. McPherson, 182 Iowa 476, 166 N.W. 60, and citations; Johnson Electric Co. v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 186, 133 So. 850, 77 A.L.R. 1, 3; 9 Am.Jur., Building and Construction Contracts, section 97; Annotations, 77 A.L.R. 21, 56, 118 A.L.R. 57, On t......
  • U.S. Gypsum Co. v. Columbia Cas. Co.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • June 10, 1936
    ...in plaintiff's declaration, a cause of action against the surety company was made out (see Johnson Electric Co. v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 186, 133 So. 850, 77 A.L.R. 1; Barry v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 168, 133 So. 852); so a final judgment in the surety company's favor ren......
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19 cases
  • Auto Mut. Indem. Co. v. Shaw
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • November 9, 1938
    ...6; Hunter v. Wilson, 21 Fla. 250; Enns-Halbe Co. v. Templeton, 101 Fla. 609, 135 So. 135; Johnson Electric Co. v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 186, 133 So. 850, 77 A.L.R. 1. [134 Fla. 824] See also Woodbury v. Tampa W. W. Co., 57 Fla. 249, 49 So. 556, 21 L.R.A.,N.S., 1034. Upon the princ......
  • Parliament Ins. Co. v. L. B. Foster Co., No. 1042
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas. Court of Civil Appeals of Texas
    • December 31, 1975
    ...Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. v. United States Gypsum Co., 239 Ky. 247, 39 S.W.2d 234 (1931); Johnson Electric Co. v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 186, 133 So. 850 (1931); Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Baltimore, Md. v. Rainer, 220 Ala. 262, 125 So. 55 (1929); Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co.......
  • Bourrett v. W. M. Bride Const. Co., No. 49178
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • June 26, 1957
    ...of the bond. Haakinson & Beaty Co. v. McPherson, 182 Iowa 476, 166 N.W. 60, and citations; Johnson Electric Co. v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 186, 133 So. 850, 77 A.L.R. 1, 3; 9 Am.Jur., Building and Construction Contracts, section 97; Annotations, 77 A.L.R. 21, 56, 118 A.L.R. 57, On t......
  • U.S. Gypsum Co. v. Columbia Cas. Co.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • June 10, 1936
    ...in plaintiff's declaration, a cause of action against the surety company was made out (see Johnson Electric Co. v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 186, 133 So. 850, 77 A.L.R. 1; Barry v. Columbia Casualty Co., 101 Fla. 168, 133 So. 852); so a final judgment in the surety company's favor ren......
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