association: as used in this chapter shall mean and include any foreign association that shall have qualified, in the manner permitted by this chapter, to transact business and acquire, hold, and dispose of property, and sue and be sued in this state. See Florida Statutes 634.325
Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
foreign association: as used in this chapter shall mean and include any unincorporated joint stock association for profit, created and existing under the laws of any state other than this state, or of the District of Columbia, or of any territory or possession of the United States, engaged in any business or businesses other than the banking, trust, or insurance business, and having written articles of association, capital stock divided into shares, and a name including the word "company" or "association" or "society"; but shall not mean nor include any unincorporated association, company or group of persons engaged in the banking, trust, or insurance business. See Florida Statutes 634.325
Home warranty association: means any corporation or any other organization, other than an authorized insurer, issuing home warranties. See Florida Statutes 634.301
Insurer: means any property or casualty insurer duly authorized to transact such business in this state. See Florida Statutes 634.301
Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
Person: includes an individual, company, corporation, association, insurer, agent, and every other legal entity. See Florida Statutes 634.301
Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
warranty: means any contract or agreement whereby a person undertakes to indemnify the warranty holder against the cost of repair or replacement, or actually furnishes repair or replacement, of any structural component or appliance of a home, necessitated by wear and tear or an inherent defect of any such structural component or appliance or necessitated by the failure of an inspection to detect the likelihood of any such loss. See Florida Statutes 634.301