Growing up in Sacramento, California I remember it being so hot that you could feel your tennis shoes stick to the asphalt on the playground.
As California enters it’s worst drought in 119 years concern over water has…more
One of the things I learned while lobbying in Washington, D.C. is the importance of the House Rules Committee. The Rules Committee, as its name suggests, sets the rules. Specifically, the scheduling of bills, the allotted time…more
If you follow the construction industry you know that green is the new gold. As well as LEED bronze, silver and platinum.
Green building, which not long ago conjured images of hippie architects and wealthy eccentrics, has…more
We’ve all heard of those lawsuits which cause us to scratch our heads wondering, what were they thinking?
Think woman sues fast food restaurant for serving hot coffee, man sues beer company when beautiful women did not…more
Lately, reading the advance sheets of construction defect cases has been like watching one of the Rocky movies. There’s the punches (owww!). Then there’s the counter-punches (ohhh!). And on and on it goes with blow meeting blow…more
This past year I 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 (August 28, 2013) – in which the California Court of…more
It was moored quietly in the Bay.
But when a four story structure made up of shipping containers was erected, questions began to be asked.
Elected officials said they didn’t know. The police said it wasn’t in…more
I’ve never been much of a Shakespeare fan. I only moderately tolerated even the MTV-inspired Romeo + Juliet set in fair Verona Beach with rapiers metaphorically replaced with guns manufactured by Dagger and Sword.
The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) has issued an Industry Bulletin providing further information regarding the delayed implementation of the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards which has been…more
In a decision published January 31, 2014 (Brewer Corp. v. Point Center Financial, Inc.), the California Court of Appeal (Fourth District) affirmed a trial court’s judgment holding a lender liable for contractors’ stop notice…more
It’s not often that I find myself in bankruptcy court, but there I was. A lone construction attorney surrounded by bankruptcy lawyers speaking in a foreign tongue – “cram down!,” “cash collateral!,” “executory…more
It seems like there’s been a lot of labor law news lately. From the California Labor Commissioner’s crackdown on labor law violations this past year to new labor law-related legislation this year.
And here’s another…more
I’m not much of a sports guy, but like many in the San Francisco Bay Area, I watched the 49ers-Seahawk game over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend…more
The U.S. National Security Agency (“NSA”) has been getting a lot of bad press lately. From backdoor hacking into Google and Yahoo to the mass data collection program known as PRISM to spying on gaming platforms such as Second…more
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is just around the corner.
It will be the most expensive Olympics in history costing an estimated $51 billion. By way of comparison, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London cost just…more
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