Yep, thanks - had tried this already (actually, it's the first thing I tried) and no dice. Since I have two form fields floated next to each other, giving absolute positioning to the error messages results in the error messages overlapping each other, not to mention screwing up the float on the form fields... The floated form fields are contained within a <p> tag which has relative positioning. And no, giving relative positioning to the fields themselves plus absolute positioning to the error message does not fic the positioning problem either.
Also, the relevant CSS is:
padding: 2px 5px 1px 6px;
If Kendo UI help team doesn't respond to me, do I still get a support request deducted from my total?