Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

Subdivision by Condemnation?

Does a condemnation proceeding resulting in the physical separation of property into separate parts accomplish a “division” of property within the meaning of California’s Subdivision Map Act?…more
| Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

CSLB Revamping its Home Improvement Salesperson Registration Process

CSLB Taking Steps to Implement New, Simplified Home Improvement Salespersons Registration Process SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is moving quickly to implement a new law that will simplify the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Google’s Effort to Digitize Millions of Books is Fair Use

In a recent decision handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the court found that Google’s scanning of copyrighted books as part of its Library Project amounted to “fair use” and did not violate…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Time is Money. Unless You’re an Insurance Company

Imagine this . . . As you’re coming back into your house after relaxing on your deck you say, “honey, is it just me, or does our house seem to be tilting?” Your wife comes out, looks at the house, and says, “gee honey, I think…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

The Halloween Edition: Frights of Publicity and Celebrity Ghosts

It is an undisputed fact that the 90’s were the best. The deadcade gave us some of the best television (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), movies (Clueless), fashion (flannel), and music (Backstreet Boys). Everything created since…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

How to Avoid Needlessly Exposing a Client's Assets to Creditors in an Estate Plan or Trust

Estate planners often recommend that their clients hold title in community property or in a trust in which the real property interests are held as community property. They do this primarily to give the client the benefit of a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

The California Supreme Court Will Hear Oral Argument in Coker v. JP Morgan Chase Bank on December 2, 2015

In my last post, I mentioned that the California Supreme Court would soon be deciding an important case — Coker v. JP Morgan Chase Bank — involving an anti-deficiency based challenge to a short sale…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Bar Against Forum Selection Clauses in Construction Contracts Extended to Design Professionals

It’s a tactic as old as war itself. You can often gain a strategic advantage by selecting the location of battle. The same is true in litigation…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Proving Contractor Licensure in California. The Tribe Has Spoken.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, in California you must “prove” you’re a licensed contractor in a construction case. But in whose hands are you entitled to place your fate  – the judge or the jury?…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Government Contracting

Handmade, Craft, and Imported: Alcohol Beverage Makers Battle False Labeling & Advertising Claims

In the past couple years, there have been several consumer class action lawsuits filed against alcohol beverage makers claiming that their labels or marketing campaigns are false or misleading. Several lawsuits have been filed…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Design Immunity of Public Entities: Sometimes Designs, Like Recipes, are Better Left Alone

April 23, 1985 will live in infamy. It was the day the Coca-Cola Company announced it was changing its “secret” recipe and introducing a new kind of Coke, referred to by the public as simply, “new Coke.”…more
| Intellectual Property, Personal Injury

Implied Dedication of Private Property to the Public: the Law is Unsettled

Let’s say you own private property including a roadway that connects to public streets on either end. The public has, for a couple of decades, used your private roadway for vehicular ingress and egress to and from the public…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Right to Repair Act Isn’t Out for the Count, Yet. Homebuilders Fight Back

The Little Case That Roared - Two years ago we wrote about a case that caused an uproar in the homebuilding industry – Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC, 219 Cal.App.4th 98 (2013) – in which…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

Governor Signs AB2 Allowing for a New Tool to Combat Blight in Disadvantaged Communities

After rejecting earlier attempts to revive redevelopment, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2 on September 22, 2015, creating a new process to allow local governments to address blight in economically disadvantaged…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

CSLB Reminds California Public Works Contractors to Renew Their Public Works Registration

A friendly reminder from the Contractors State License Board . . .   CSLB Urges Public Works Contractors to Renew Dept. of Industrial Relations Registration before October 1 to Avoid Hefty Penalty…more
| Construction Law
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