Trial Court Errs In Refusing to Award Litigation Costs but Not Fees to Adverse Party


In Vons Companies Inc. v. Lyle Parks Jr. Inc., 2009 DJDAR 13828, the California Court of Appeal, 2nd District, decided a complex case involving both the “prevailing party” doctrine (CCP§ 1032) and CC § 1717, the reciprocal remedy statute.

Vons Companies Inc. (Vons) hired Lyle Parks Jr. Inc. (Parks) to construct a shopping center in 2002. The construction contract contained a prevailing party attorney fee clause. When the work was completed, Parks issued a warranty for the work for a one year time period. There was no attorney fee clause in the warranty agreement.

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