I am often asked, “What are the basic steps of starting a construction company?” We help with many of these steps, but we also advise clients how to do it on their own. Here are some of the basic steps....more
In a recent decision, the federal appellate court encompassing nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions held that a California law restricting the right of non-licensed contractors to recover for unpaid...more
In a recent decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held, for the first time, that California’s contractor licensing requirement cannot be used to bar a federal subcontractor from pursuing a claim under the Miller...more
A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal imposed a sensible limit on the prohibition of compensation claims by unlicensed contractors under the Contractors’ State License Law (“CSLL”), specifically California Bus....more
Urgency Legislation SB 854 Passed by California Legislature -
The California Legislature has imposed a new registration requirement for contractors and subcontractors involved with public works projects. Senate Bill...more
California courts have variously described Business and Professions Code section 7031 as “draconian,” “harsh[ ]“ and “[u]njust[ ],” but nonetheless enforceable.
Section 7031 both prohibits unlicensed or improperly...more
E.J. Franks Construction, Inc. v Bhupinder K. Sahota, et al. -
Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (June 5, 2014) -
The purpose of the Contractors’ State License Law (Business & Professions Code sections...more
An electrical contractor has been convicted and fined for carrying on an electrical contracting business without being licensed under the Ontario Electricity Act.
A young apprentice with the company was seriously...more
In the Drew County case, a public hospital authority in Arkansas incurred more than $100,000 in design fees from the design-builder before realizing its design-build contract was prohibited by Arkansas competitive bidding...more
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