Kathleen Carpenter, Esq. – Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps

CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE LAW: 2012: The Year Ahead...

As we begin 2012, Luce Forward's Real Estate Group would like to highlight a number of new developments in California law affecting residential and commercial developers, real estate professionals and others in the real estate…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Going, Going, Gone . . . California Solar Incentives for Builders/Developers . . . Don't Delay . . .

Over the past few months the California Energy Commission has reported a substantial increase in the number of rebate reservation applications received for New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) funding. Due to this surge in program…more
| Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial

Arbitration: Will it Go Around in Circles? California Supreme Court Grants Review in Second Case Challenging Enforceability of Arbitration Provisions in CC&Rs Against Homeowners Associations

On April 20, 2011, Villa Vicenza Homeowners Association v. Nobel Court Development, LLC joined Pinnacle Museum Tower Assn. v. Pinnacle Market Development (US) LLC at the California Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court…more
| Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Output Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects, What Are The Predictions?

Most renewable energy deals are long-term. For example, power purchase agreements often have 20-year terms. Although debt financings for these projects typically have shorter lives, those too run multiple years. As a result, in…more
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Who Pays When Solar Modules Fail?

With so many new companies entering into and competing in the renewable energy marketplace, how do the parties ensure that key components of a solar generation facility perform as intended? Rigorous commissioning and performance…more
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Here Comes the Sun Again: A Quick Primer for Homebuilders About California's 2011 Mandatory Solar Option Law

A new law in California requires homebuilders to begin to provide optional solar energy systems to homebuyers. California Public Resources Code Section 25405.5 (The “Mandatory Solar Option Law”), went into effect on…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

California Supreme Court Accepts Case to Decide Whether Developers Can Enforce Arbitration Provisions in CC&Rs Against Homeowners Associations

Back on November 11, 2010, the California Supreme Court granted review in Pinnacle Museum Tower Assn. v. Pinnacle Market Development (US) LLC. We reported on the Pinnacle Court of Appeal decision last August. The Court of…more
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Beware: "Broken" Subdivision Pitfalls Will Linger for Years to Come: Top Ten Questions You Need to Ask

We now see signs of hope on the horizon for the battered real estate market. But recovery typically happens in stages and there is no reason that this recovery will differ in that regard. At the initial stages of a recovery,…more
| Bankruptcy, Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial
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