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Department of Industrial Relation’s New Registration Program for Public Works Projects - Construction Practice Newsletter

This past year, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 854 which went to effect immediately. The bill requires that public works contractors register through the California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”)…more
| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Government Contracting

2015 Construction Law Update - Construction Practice Newsletter

Over 2,200 bills were introduced during the second and final year of the 2013-2014 legislative session, of which 931 were signed into law. For the design and construction industry the end of the second session, like the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Government Contracting

A Beacon for Homeowners and HOAs. Not So Much for Design Professionals - Construction Practice Newsletter

Earlier we wrote about a case that made architects none too happy – Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Case No. A134542 (December 13, 2012) – in which the California Court of Appeals for…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

Everything is Awesome! Construction Workers are the Happiest Employees on Earth

Warner Bros. may have been onto something with The Lego Movie, about a happy-go-lucky, yet everyday man, Lego construction worker named Emmet Brickowski, who reluctantly assumes the role of the prophesied “Special” and saves…more
| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law

Failing to Pay Prevailing Wages May Have Just Cost You More Than You Thought

Mechanics lien claims, payment bond claims, stop payment notice claims, delay claims, defect claims, abandonment claims . . . With the variety of claims unique to construction projects it’s easy to forget that…more
| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Employers Need to Prepare for Oakland's New Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective March 2, 2015, Oakland businesses and any other employers who have employees working within the City’s boundaries will need to comply with Oakland’s new Paid Sick Leave law, which mandates up to 72 hours (9 days…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Junior Lienholders: Know When To Admit Defeat

As any real estate lender or investor can testify, holding a junior lien on real estate security can be perilous. Sure, the yields are higher (and in this low interest rate environment, the “search for yield” is a persistent…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Coffee Beans, Mars and the 50 States: Civil Code 1542 Waivers and Latent Defects

A few years ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg wrote a book that was on the New York Times bestseller list for over 60 weeks, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. As its title suggests,…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law

Commercial Lease “Co-Tenancy” Clauses: Unconscionable, Penalty, or Enforceable?

When a court of appeal announces that it is tackling a new commercial lease issue for the first time ever in a published decision, it’s wise to pay attention…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

Design Professional Liens: A Blueprint

If you work in the construction industry in California you’re likely familiar with mechanics liens. But there’s one other type of lien available on construction projects in California: The design professional…more
| Civil Remedies, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

UPDATE-Second Bite of Apple, Court Approves $415 million High-Tech Giants Wage-Fixing Settlement

As discussed in my initial blog post on the topic, Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe stand accused of conspiring not to poach one another’s employees in order to keep wages down. And as discussed in my update, the Court rejected a…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property

Drones, Googleplexes and Hyperloops

I don’t know if it’s just me, or if there has been a lot of news lately along the fringes of technology and construction... …more
| Communications & Media Law, Construction Law, Privacy, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

No Slow Lanes, No Fast Lanes: FCC Adopts New Regulations Treating Internet as a Public Utility

Should your Internet service provider be regulated in the same manner as your telephone service provider? Despite how quaint this question might sound now that many consumers bundle their ISP, telephone and television service…more
| Communications & Media Law, Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology

CA Supreme Court Provides Key CEQA Guidance Regarding Categorical Exemptions

The California Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling regarding categorical exemptions under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reversing a court of appeal decision that would have sharply curtailed the use of…more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

Benford’s Law: A Seldom Used Weapon in Forensic Accounting

What is Digit Analysis and Why it Should be of Interest to Construction Attorneys? - Benford’s Law was named after Frank Benford, a General Electric physicist.  Mr. Benford was the first to discover that “leading digits”…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Taxation
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