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Contribution Between Insurance Carriers And The Duty To Defend

In St. Paul Mercury Insurance v. Mountain West Farm Bureau, 210 Cal. App. 4th 645 (10/25/12), the California Court of Appeal addressed the duty of an insurance carrier to defend a general contractor named as an additional...more

Recent Insurance Coverage Decisions Of Note In California

California Courts handed down some interesting decisions re insurance coverage during the fourth quarter of 2012: St. Paul Mercury Insurance v. Mountain West Farm Bureau (10/25/12) In an equitable contribution action, an...more

Federal Government Civil Fraud Suit Targets Mortgage Lender And Its President

On April 4, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and HUD officials announced a civil fraud suit alleging FCA and FIRREA claims against a mortgage lender and its president for falsely certifying loans and...more

Letters of Intent Binding or Not

Be careful, your Letters of Intent may be binding unless drafted properly. That’s the message from a 2011 case First National Mortgage Co. v. Federal Realty Investment Trust, 631 F.3d 1058 (February 1, 2011). Companies...more

Precision Required for Government Tort Claims Act

The Government Claims Act in California establishes the manner in which negligence and tort claims must be made against the Government. [Govt. Code, Section 900 et seq.] Failure to follow the rules set forth in the statute...more

Los Angeles Battle Over Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Costs Boils Over

There’s a dust up occurring between the City of Los Angeles and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (“Great Basin”). What’s the dust up about? Dust! Yes, even something as naturally occurring and...more

Insurance Coverage For Long Tail Injuries In California

The California Supreme Court recently ruled, in a case involving environmental damage at a State controlled waste site, that multiple insurers, who provided coverage to the State at different periods between 1964-1976, are...more

San Francisco Residents May Soon Purchase Renewable Electricity

With a veto-proof majority, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved the CleanPowerSF initiative that automatically enrolls Pacific Gas & Electric customers within the City in a “a program offering them 100 percent...more

Hiring Long Lasting Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are not employees but their work is often vital to the success of a business. Because contractors may work off site, do work for other clients, and perform with minimal supervision, it is crucial to...more

California Files Suit Against Whittier to Stop Oil Leases

The City of Whittier, California wants to allow oil drilling on a 20 acre parcel of land purchased as part of a much larger parcel acquired by the City in the 1990’s using bond funds approved by Proposition A. The Santa...more

Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Overly-Broad Injunction Prohibiting Competition Among Defense Contractors

Earlier this year, the Alabama Supreme Court reversed a preliminary injunction entered by the trial court in a case involving competing defense contractors at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. See Monte Sano Research Corp....more

Ignorance Not Bliss: Cyber Risk Management Found Lacking

Despite increasing cyber attacks, significant losses from operational downtime, and further governmental regulation, companies are still not taking measures for basic responsibilities for cyber governance, or even securing...more

Los Angeles Port Modernization

A project to modernize a container terminal at the Portof Los Angelesis being trumpeted by a press release after approval by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission of the final Environmental Impact Report. The container terminal...more

International Entities Need to Start Collection Efforts on Business Debt Early for Best Results

International companies that do business in the U.S. will at one time or another likely encounter a situation where a U.S.-based customer defaults on its debt. In this case, it is important for the international entity to...more

International Entities Need to Start Collection Efforts on Business Debt Early for Best Results

International companies that do business in the U.S. will at one time or another likely encounter a situation where a U.S.-based customer defaults on its debt. In this case, it is important for the international entity to...more

New Hotline Cracks Down on Underground Employers

Officials in California estimate that $7 billion in payroll tax, workers compensation insurance, and other mandates are lost every year because of underground employment practices, including employers that pay workers under...more

Is The Era Of Cheap Goods From China Over?

Many businesses in the United States chose to have goods manufactured in China because doing so has been a low cost alternative to manufacturing at home. But economists and business leaders have increasingly begun to...more

Re-branding Can Be A Useful Tool For Business

Image is everything, as they say, or at least a crucial first impression. That’s why businesses, even those that have been around for many years, must remain constantly vigilant of how others, especially customers and...more

Labor Commission Settles Unpaid Wage Claims On Public Works Project

Claims that an employee or contractor was not paid properly for their work often forms the subject of employment law disputes. On this blog we’ve previously discussed issues related to overtime pay and non-exempt salaries,...more

Choose wisely in classifying your independent contractors

Is a non-exclusive insurance agent an independent contractor or an employee? Insurance agents and salespeople with the discretion to determine when, how, and whether to sell a company’s products may properly be classified...more

Court of Appeal Orders Unauthorized Digital Billboards Removed

Los Angeles has had a long and controversial history dealing with billboard issues, most recently brought to light in the Second District Court of Appeal decision in Summit Media v. City of Los Angeles (12/10/12), a case in...more

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