California Supreme Court Raises the Bar on Dangerous Conditions on Public Property Claims
By Roger Hughes, January 19, 2016
Earlier we wrote about the affirmative defense of “design immunity” which can be used by public entities to shield themselves from personal injur..
California’s Labor Enforcement Task Force Continues to Set Fire to the Underground Economy
By Evelin Y. Bailey, January 21, 2016
If you’re a fan of the Hunger Games trilogy, either the books or the movies, you’re likely familiar with “The Hob,” the black market in Dist..
California Supreme Court Shifts Gears on “Reverse CEQA”
By Garret Murai, January 25, 2016
The California Supreme Court has shifted gears on so-called “reverse CEQA” under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).
The Supreme Court, in a much-anticipated decis..
The Prompt Payment Rollercoaster
By Garret Murai, February 1, 2016
This past year we wrote about a case involving California’s prompt payment laws and the current state of confusion with the prompt payment statutes which are scattered throughout the state Code and whic..
Is it the Dawning of the Age of Strict Products Liability for Contractors in California?
By Garret Murai, February 9, 2016
It was the Age of Aquarius.
And everything was changing. Politically, socially . . . and legally.
Through the 19th Century the doctrine of cavea..
Not So Fast: Employers Must Reimburse for Miles and Other Business Expenses Incurred By Employees
By Evelin Y. Bailey, February 23, 2016
From parachuting into a remote location in Azerbaijan to jumping skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi to drone dodging in the streets of Los Ang..
California Court of Appeals Says, “We Like Eich(leay)!”
By Garret Murai, February 29, 2016
Time is money.
And nowhere can than be best observed than on a construction project.
Project delays can mean lost profits for owners, liquidated damages for general contractors..
A Construction Case for the Rats: Now Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
By Garret Murai, March 3, 2016
Usually, I write about cases because I find them “interesting.” And by interesting, I mean that in the most clinically (to most) boring way because they either expand, re..
Expert Troubles? Look No Further Than to Sir Isaac Newton
By Garret Murai, March 7, 2016
But you need ’em. Particularly in complex litigation matters, including, many construction cases.
But how do you keep that wily opposing expert in ..
One Very Good Reason to Make Sure Your Contractor is Licensed
By Garret Murai, March 14, 2016
I know how the thinking goes . . .
Other than providing you with some marginal assurance that the work performed by your contractor (or subcontractor, in the case of general ..