Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

General Contractors Beware of Subordination Clauses

In California, a general contractor can usually rest assured that in the event of nonpayment, it can rely upon the remedy of a mechanics lien, which remedy is, in fact, even a constitutional right…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Construction Loans, Foreclosure, General Contractors

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The Fisker Decision – Possible Far Reaching Implications for Buyers of Distressed Debt

Buyers and sellers of distressed debt should be aware of the recent decision in the Fisker bankruptcy case, In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc., 2014 WL 210593 (Bankr. D. Del.), which drastically limited the right of a…more

Creditors, Distressed Asset Stabilization Program, Fisker

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Did You Unknowingly Sign Away Your Ability To Sue? Double Check Your Construction Agreement!

By statute, the time to bring a lawsuit against a contractor for hidden construction deficiencies can be as long as 10 years. That means that, say, a property owner could sue his or her architect or general contractor for…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, General Contractors, Substantial Completion

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Considering the End: Planning for Your Demise in Addition to Estate Planning (Part 2)

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this article, a recent extensive survey indicated that most Americans have no estate plan at all. Part 1 dealt with planning for the immediate concern after one’s death: disposition of your remains,…more

Estate Planning

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8 Tips on Saving Legal Fees

If you’re a client and you want to keep your legal fees down—and don’t you all—here are some tips for you (negotiating the fee arrangement aside)..…more

Attorney's Fees, Legal Costs

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Receiver’s Sales Are Not Immediately Appealable In Federal Court

QUESTION: I purchased assets from a receiver. The court approved the sale over the objection of one of the defendants. The sale has now closed. I was just informed that the defendant is appealing the order approving the sale…more

Appeals, Court-Appointed Receivers, Interlocutory Orders, Jurisdiction, Property Tax

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Dispute Resolution Boards as an Alternative to Arbitration

Disputes are inevitable in the construction context where numerous professionals are engaged in the development of highly complex building projects, often over several years, with many of these sophisticated parties represented…more

Arbitration, Dispute Resolution

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Homeowners Beware!! You May Not Recover For Subsequently Discovered Construction Claims After Signing Construction Claim Releases

Homeowner, David Belasco (“Belasco”) [1] bought a newly constructed Manhattan Beach residence in 2004 from the builder defendant Gary Loren Wells (“Wells”). In 2006, Belasco filed a complaint against Wells with the Contractors…more

Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Contractors, Design Defects, Latent Defects

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Is Your Business Too Small To Worry About A Data Breach?

No, not likely. In fact, even “mom and pop stores” have incurred hefty civil penalties for failing to notify consumers and/or regulators of a data breach…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, Data Protection, Small Business

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Aereo and Napster: Lessons in Licensing

As is increasingly reported, there is a battle raging in today’s marketplace between companies with new technology platforms and content creators from the entertainment community. On the one hand, are computer science engineers…more

ABC v Aereo, Aereo, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Internet Streaming

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An Effective Way to Fight an Objectively Frivolous Lawsuit

An angry client calls: “I have been sued.” But this time, there is absolutely no basis in law or fact for the lawsuit. The client asks: “Can I get the case dismissed and recover my attorney’s fees against the lawyer and…more

Attorney's Fees, Frivolous Lawsuits, Litigation Strategies, Sanctions

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Employment Law Reporter - May 2013: California Court Holds That Piece Rate Employees Are Entitled To Hourly Pay For Waiting Time

Like many other auto dealerships and other employers throughout the state, Downtown LA Motors, LP (“DLAM”), a Mercedes Benz dealership, compensates its service technicians on a piece rate basis. Under their system, technicians…more

Piece-Rate Pay, Unpaid Wages, Wage and Hour, Wages

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Selling the Business to Divide the Assets, Part 1

This is the latest in my series discussing a recurring question: When a closely-held business is a valuable marital asset, how can its value be turned into cash? I’ve previously touched on two alternatives by which the spouse…more

Divorce, Marital Assets, Selling a Business

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California Weighs In: No Mandatory Arbitration For Dispute Over Validity Of Trust Instrument

A hot topic in estate planning these days is whether mandatory arbitration clauses should be included in trusts. The idea is to require trust beneficiaries to arbitrate their disputes rather than going through the time and…more

Arbitration, Estate Planning, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses, Trusts

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Be Sure to File a Protective Claim for FICA Taxes

The Supreme Court has agreed to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Quality Stores which held that severance payments to involuntarily terminated employees were supplemental unemployment…more

FICA Taxes, Income Taxes, Quality Stores, SCOTUS, Severance Pay

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CONGRATULATIONS YOU NOW OWN THE LOAN! – CAN YOU ENFORCE IT?: A Recent Florida Court’s Potentially Huge Impact on Buyers of Commercial Loans

Perhaps nothing can be as frustrating for a purchaser of a commercial loan than being prohibited in court from enforcing the loan. It is well established law in both federal and state courts in California and throughout most of…more

Business Records, Commercial Loans, Debt Buyers, Hearsay, Hearsay Exceptions

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A Reminder: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Starts July 1, 2015

A hot topic for legislators throughout the United States, last fall California became the second state to require paid sick leave. Effective July 1, 2015, California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 provides…more

Employer Mandates, Healthy Workplace Act, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Patent Reform — First to File is Finally Here

As of March 16, 2013, the USPTO officially switched to the first-to-file system—from the first-to-invent system that had previously been a hallmark of U.S. patent law. Part of the America Invents Act, which was enacted…more

America Invents Act, First-to-File, First-to-Invent, Patent Reform, Patents

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“I Have Seen the Future and It Works”…Because Workers’ Minimum Wages in Los Angeles Will Increase to $15 per Hour

In a message-sending 14-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. This increase will apply to small businesses, to part time and tipped employees, and to non-profit…more

Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, Small Business, Wage and Hour

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Think You Are Protected by the Clear Terms of a Written Contract? Think Again!

The California Supreme Court just released a significant new decision dealing with the parol evidence rule that changes the law dramatically in California. The case name/citation is Riverisland Cold Storage, Inc. v…more

Fraud, Loan Modifications, Parol Evidence, Riverisland

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San Francisco Establishes Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

The fog has cleared on the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance. Starting on January 1, 2014, San Francisco employers with 20 or more employees must allow any employee who is employed within the geographic…more

Caregivers, Family-Friendly Workplace Ordinance, Flex-Time Policies, Flexible Work Arrangements

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