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Sham Guaranties Are Hard To Come By

In prior posts I highlighted the difficult position occupied by guarantors of real estate secured loans. In short, while California law extends very strong anti-deficiency protections to borrowers, those same protections can be…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Taxation

The “Up” House is “Up” for Sale

You might remember the 2009 Pixar/Disney 3-D animated movie “Up,” about an aging widower, Carl Frederickson, who learns to let go of his past and live his dream of moving he and his beloved late wife’s “clubhouse” to a cliff…more
| Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

As California Faces Mandatory Water Use Reductions, How Will the Construction Industry be Impacted?

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15, which imposes mandatory water use reductions for the first time in the history of California. The Executive Order, issued as the state enters its fourth…more
| Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

LEGO Tries New Angle To Guard Its IP Against Upstart MEGA BLOKS

With the huge popularity of last year’s LEGO movie and record breaking profits—LEGO has now eclipsed Mattel as the world’s largest toy company—you might think that there are few threats to LEGO and its IP on the horizon and that…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

What You Need to Know About Enforcement Actions by the Contractors State License Board

I questioned whether to even write this post. - Because, of course, YOU would never find yourself hightailing it out of town with the California Contractor’s State License Board (“CSLB”) sniffing down your tail pipes…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Construction Law

LVMH Gets Brow-barred in Australia

Cosmetics/luxury goods giant LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey, for the plebians among us) has lost a recent attempt to trademark the term “Brow Bar” in Australia.  Australian beautician Chernae Noonan opposed LVMH’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?: Ghost Schedules on Construction Projects

I just finished reading a report issued this past month by Navigant’s Construction Forum entitled, “Ghost Schedules – What, Why & What’s the Risk.” As one would expect from Navigant, the article was in depth, interesting and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Just for Fun: The Stuff of Novels - Construction Practice Newsletter

We’ve all heard of Google. - But have you heard of Google X? - Google X is Google’s somewhat secret research facility, a la Q Branch of Ian Fleming’s 007 spy novel fame, which has as its mission the improvement…more
| Communications & Media Law, Construction Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Broad-Based Expansion for the Construction Industry Expected in 2015 - Construction Practice Newsletter

According to USA Today, construction hiring is surging and is at a nine-year high. And if you look around, the evidence of that seems to be in abundance, as billboards advertising idyllic residential communities seem to be…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential, Government Contracting

Anatomy of an Indemnity Provision - Construction Practice Newsletter

Indemnity clauses are one of the most negotiated (and litigated) provisions in a construction contract. - They’re also one of the least understood. - But we’re here to dissect it for you, so to speak…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

Art Dao, Executive Director of the Alameda County Transportation Commission, Speaks at the Wendel Rosen Construction Practice Group’s Breakfast Forum - Construction Practice Newsletter

On March 2, 2015, Art Dao, Executive Director of the Alameda County Commission, spoke to a packed house at the Wendel Rosen Construction Practice Group’s Breakfast Forum on the Commission’s plans for nearly $8 billion in…more
| Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation, Government Contracting

You’ve Just Become Your Brother’s Keeper - Construction Practice Newsletter

On September 28, 2014, the Governor signed AB 1897, which imposes on employers who obtain or are provided workers to perform labor within the employer’s usual course of business from a labor contractor (referred to as a “client…more
| Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

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
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