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Legal Update: Enforceability of Contenancy Clauses in Retail Leases

In a case of first impression, the California Court of Appeal recently weighed in on the enforceability of cotenancy clauses in retail leases. A cotenancy clause typically provides that if a specified major tenant or a certain…more

Appeals, Commercial Leases, Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Tenants, Cotenancy Provisions

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California Supreme Court Rules that Ordinance Intended to Increase Number of Affordable Housing Units is a Lawful Exercise of the Police Power

In one of the most widely followed land use cases in recent years, the Supreme Court of California unanimously upheld the City of San Jose’s affordable housing ordinance because it was intended to advance the constitutionally…more

Affordable Housing, CA Supreme Court, City of San Jose, Construction Industry, Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

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Fourth District Upholds San Diego’s Balboa Park Revitalization Project Against Land Use Law And CEQA Challenges

In a published decision filed May 28, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed that part of the trial court’s judgment granting a writ of mandate and otherwise affirmed the judgment, thus upholding the City of San…more

CEQA, Public Projects, San Diego

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2014 Land Use Program - Northern California

In this presentation: - Legislative CEQA Reform Efforts - Selected CEQA Case Law Developments - Land Use Developments - What’s Happening in Tracy? - Overview and Purpose - Site Selection…more

Business Development, CEQA, CEQA Reform, Economic Development, Environmental Policies

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Not Worth The Paper It's Printed On? Strategies For Dealing With The Fraud Exception To The Parol Evidence Rule

This article explores possible measures that parties to commercial transactions and their attorneys can take to help ensure greater contract certainty when fraud claims of one type or another are not barred by the parol evidence…more

Commercial Contracts, Commercial Leases, Evidence, Financing, Fraud

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Mandatory Disclosures Concerning Accessibility Compliance and Energy Consumption in California Commercial Properties

This article discusses two new disclosures that must be included in certain real estate contracts and leases. The disclosures pertain to Accessibility Compliance and Energy Consumption, and affect the required contents of most…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, CASp, Commercial Leases, Compliance

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All Shook Up: California's Fragmented Earthquake Safety, Seismic Safety Upgrade and Seismic Hazard Disclosure Laws

The recent Napa earthquake caused significant damage to buildings in the historic downtown areas of the cities of Napa and Vallejo, and brought to the fore the limited extent to which California law requires seismic safety…more

Building Codes, Construction Industry, Earthquakes, Property Damage, Public Safety

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Separate But Not Equal: The New Commercial and Industrial Common Interest Development Statute

Introduction - Since 1986, a single body of law, the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act (“Davis-Sterling Act”), has governed both residential and commercial common interest developments. The provisions of…more

Davis-Sterling Act, Homeowners' Association, Housing Developers, Land Developers, Property Owners

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Property Owners' Alert: Newly Effective Statutory Requirements for Installation of Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures

The real estate industry and the media recently have been focused on the updates to the Title 24 energy regulations (24 California Code of Regulations, Part 5) that became effective on July 1, 2014, and the increased costs in…more

Commercial Property Owners, Drought, Energy Policy, Property Owners, Stricter Regulations

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“Making CEQA A Federal Case? Recent Actions of California’s Supreme Court and the Federal Surface Transportation Board Set Up A Preemption Showdown”

Controversy has dogged the California high speed rail project since before its inception with the 2008 passage of Proposition 1A, the bond measure providing the project’s initial funding. The controversy has not abated in the…more

CEQA, High-Speed Rail, ICCTA, Public Projects, Railroads

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Legal Update: Commercial Real Estate Brokers Now Subject to the Same Dual Agency and Disclosure Laws as Residential Brokers

As of January 1, 2015, commercial real estate brokers and salespersons will be required to comply with a stringent set of agency disclosure requirements formerly applicable only to residential brokers, expressly setting forth…more

Agency, Disclosure Requirements, Real Estate Brokers

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California High-Speed Rail - What You Need To Know

Project Overview - The California High-Speed Rail Authority (“HSR”) plans to build an 800-mile high-speed rail system stretching from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim and eventually to Sacramento and San Diego. The…more

Eminent Domain, High-Speed Rail, Public-Private Partnerships, Takings

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American Tower Corporation v. City of San Diego (2014): Further Guidance From The Ninth Circuit On The Regulation Of Data Towers In California

The Ninth Circuit recently addressed cell phone tower issues in the matter of American Tower Corporation v. City of San Diego (2014) 763 F.3d 1035, affirming that a local government has a wide degree of discretion to regulate…more

Cell Phones, Cell Towers, Infrastructure, Jurisdiction, Popular

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New Case Alert: Dissent Highlights Disturbing Potential for Increasing Escrow Holder Policing and Disclosure Obligations

A new decision in Ash v. North American Title Co. holds that (1) contract damages based upon a bankruptcy were not foreseeable, and (2) an escrow holder was entitled to a jury instruction as to intervening or superceding causes…more

Breach of Duty, Commercial Bankruptcy, Damages, Escrow Holders, Fiduciary Duty

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Recent California Decisions Reinforce Need for Care in Electronic Contracting

In mid-1999, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, responding to an intensifying reliance on electronic communications and a corresponding need for clarity as to the legal enforceability of agreements…more

Contract Formation, Electronic Agreements, Email, Legal History, UETA

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"Good" Bad Faith vs "Bad" Bad Faith: Equitable Principles and the Doctrines of Adverse Possession and Prescription

Adverse possession is the acquisition of title to another’s real property by continuous possession and use of the property for the prescribed period of five years. A party seeking title to real property by adverse possession…more

Adverse Possession, Bad Faith, Good Faith, Prescriptive Easements, Property Owners

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Redeveloping Redevelopment: Recent Legislation

THE RISE AND (UNINTENDED) FALL OF REDEVELOPMENT IN CALIFORNIA. The rise and fall of redevelopment agencies in California has been extensively written about, including in this publication. The history of redevelopment…more

CRA, Funding, New Legislation, Public Entities, Public Schools

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Courts Are Without Power To Terminate Express Easements Based Upon Finding Them “Unnecessary”— Cottonwood Reins In Scruby

In November 2012, the Third District Court of Appeal decided that a trial court does not have the power to extinguish an expressly granted easement merely because in that judge’s opinion the dominant tenement does not really…more

Action to Quiet Title, Cottonwood Duplexes v Barlow, Easements, Land Titles, Scruby v Vintage Grape Vine

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Will Koontz Mean Big Changes or Business as Usual for Real Estate Development in California

On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court release its decision in Koontz v. St. John's River Water Managment District. Koontz has been called the most significant takings case since Kelo v. City of New London and has been hailed…more

Dolan v City of Tigard, Koontz v St John's River Water Management, Nexus, Nollan v California Coastal Commission, Permits

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California Foreclosure Law: Plaintiff May Recover Tort Damages For A Claim Of Wrongful Foreclosure

In a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit, the plaintiff may recover tort damages – i.e., any damages proximately caused by the foreclosing defendant, the Fourth District Court of Appeal held last week. Miles v. Deutsche Bank National…more

Deutsche Bank, Economic Damages, Foreclosure, Loan Modifications, Mortgage Lenders

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California Supreme Court Rules that Ordinance Intended to Increase Number of Affordable Housing Units is a Lawful Exercise of the Police Power

In one of the most widely followed land use cases in recent years, the Supreme Court of California unanimously upheld the City of San Jose’s affordable housing ordinance because it was intended to advance the constitutionally…more

Affordable Housing, CA Supreme Court, City of San Jose, Construction Industry, Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

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Walnut Creek, CA 94596, United States

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