Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

A Timely Reminder From the CSLB and a Funny Acronym to Boot

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

| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Sometimes the Real Fight is Before the Fight

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

| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real...

Cities Alive: The Future of Green Infrastructure

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

| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Real...

The Most [Fill in the Blank] Bid Dispute, Ever

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

| Civil Remedies, Construction Law, Government Contracting

Rumble in the Construction Defect Jungle

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

| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance,...

And So it Begins . . .

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

| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Construction Law, Real Estate -...

Google’s Floating Mystery Boxes

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

| Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Maritime Law

California Building Energy Efficiency Standards Delayed to July 1, 2014

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

| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate -...

The Big “B” – Bankruptcy on the Construction Project

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

| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

The Not So Fine Print

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

| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law

Playing NSA at the Job Site. Just Less Sneakily

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

| Construction Law, Privacy

Public-Private Partnerships, Putin Style

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

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Construction Law, Government...

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