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Court of Appeal Explains Parol Evidence Rule

by Allen Matkins on

Today, I am picking up on my discussion of Kanno v. Marwit Capital, No. G052348, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 1150 (Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2017) in this post from last week and last year. Kanno involved the application of the parol...more

Québec Court of Appeal Confirms Wide and Liberal Approach to Class Action Authorization

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On October 31, 2017, the Québec Court of Appeal released its decision in Asselin c. Desjardins Cabinet de services financiers inc., 2017 QCCA 1673. The Court of Appeal overturned the lower court’s decision refusing...more

Discovery Referees in Complex Litigation

by JAMS on

It’s no secret that over the past several years the California judiciary has suffered deep budget cuts, especially to the state’s civil courts. According to California’s Judicial Council, there are 189 fewer judges than...more

How much is at stake for whistleblowers?

by Bryan Cave on

Whistleblowing and the ongoing compliance debate keep the media and the wider press busy and readers alert. And yet these days, executives of reputed global companies are finding themselves imprisoned for fraud and other...more

Recording a Trustee’s Deed is Privileged Under CA Civil Code Section 47

California law is pretty clear that the recordation of a notice of default and notice of sale — two key documents that are a prerequisite to a nonjudicial foreclosure sale (aka trustee’s sale) — are privileged and cannot form...more

In Supreme Court Showdown, California Appeals Courts Choose Sides Regarding Whether Right to Repair Act is Exclusive Remedy for...

Earlier, we wrote about an appellate court split concerning the Right to Repair Act (Civil Code sections 895 et seq.) which applies to construction defects in newly constructed residential properties including single-family...more

Insurance Bad Faith – Insurer Cannot Rescind Policy Because Insured Answered Application Questions Correctly

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Victor Duarte v. Pacific Specialty Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (June 12, 2017) - Under the legal principle of “rescission,” an insurance company can rescind an insurance policy if the...more

California Supreme Court Settles Split of Authority re Implied Dedication of Private Property to the Public

In a 2015 post on Money and Dirt, we reviewed a then-recent Court of Appeal decision, Scher v. Burke, and discussed the split of authority among California courts on the topic of “implied dedication” of private property to...more

When “The Check Is In The Mail” Extinguishes A Debtor’s Obligation

by Allen Matkins on

Most creditors likely assume that they have not been paid unless and until they receive checks from their debtors. In many cases that assumption may be correct, but in some cases it won’t be. Section 1476 of the California...more

Real Estate and Land Use - California Supreme Court Restricts Implied Dedication Rule

Scher v. Burke (June 15, 2017, S230104) - Why It Matters: Many large private landowners record notices under the provisions of the Civil Code in order to ensure that public use of their property does not morph into an...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 26 | June 2017

by Jones Day on

The amendment to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act ("Amended FIEA") was enacted on May 17, 2017, and promulgated on May 24, 2017. The Amended FIEA will come into force no later than one year from the date of...more

The new Polish Act on private antitrust enforcement claims takes effect on June 27, 2017.

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If a company’s supplier or competitor abuses its dominant position or is a member of a cartel, its actions may inflict damage on other businesses. Until recently, claims for damages arising from these types of infringements...more

Utilizing California Civil Code Section 1542 Waivers in Class Action Settlement Agreements: Helpful or Harmful?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A significant concern for any lawyer negotiating the settlement of a class action in California state court is crafting a settlement agreement that the court will ultimately approve. Under California law, a judge must approve...more

How Will Proposed Reforms to the Civil Code in Japan Impact Cross Border Business? - Focusing on New Rules for Adhesion Contracts...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Anyone forming contracts with Japanese businesses or consumers beware: The Civil Code in Japan is likely to face the largest reforms since it became effective in 1898. On April 14, 2017, sweeping reforms to the Civil Code...more

Qatar crisis highlights question of force majeure

by Dentons on

Imports of construction materials needed for the State of Qatar to deliver its World Cup and Vision 2030 infrastructure schemes are being severely impacted by the recent closing of borders by key neighbours Saudi Arabia and...more

Can Usury Ever Be Waived?

by Allen Matkins on

California courts have defined “usury” as “the exacting, taking or receiving of a greater rate than is allowed by law, for the use or loan of money.” Ross v. Wheeler 140 Cal. App. 217, 222 (1934). The California Constitution...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 25 | May 2017

by Jones Day on

Bill to Partially Amend the Civil Code was Passed by the House of Representatives - On April 14, 2017, the House of Representatives passed a bill to partially amend the Civil Code ("Bill"). The Bill is under deliberation in...more

Torts – Recreational Use Immunity – Consideration Exception

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

The consideration exception to CA’s recreational use immunity statute is contingent upon payment of consideration, not its receipt by the party seeking immunity. Pacific Gas and Electric Company v. The Superior Court of...more

President of Ukraine approves new package of sanctions of NSDC

by DLA Piper on

On 17 May 2017 the Ukrainian President enacted order ?133/2017 which allowed the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (as of 28 April 2017) to impose special economic and other restrictive measures. The Decision...more

An Update on Patent Enforcement in China

As patent filing and grant numbers have skyrocketed in China, so has the attractiveness to settle patent infringement suits there. The opening of a series of specialized intellectual property courts, especially the courthouse...more

California And Liquidated Damage Clauses

by Allen Matkins on

California Civil Code Section 1671(b) provides that “a provision in a contract liquidating the damages for the breach of the contract is valid unless the party seeking to invalidate the provision establishes that the...more

Fifth Circuit Holds That Spearin-like Provision of Louisiana Civil Code Bars Negligent Failure to Warn Claim

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

LaShip, LLC v. Hayward Baker, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3694 (5th Cir. Mar. 1, 2017) - Beginning in 2007, LaShip, LLC (“LaShip”) undertook the construction of a large shipbuilding facility in Houma, Louisiana (the...more

The Expert Report: Key Considerations

by Cozen O'Connor on

Product liability cases often present challenging and complex issues which require the use of experts. If you are litigating in federal court, any expert you designate will be required to provide a written report. ...more

Amendments to the civil legislation re the institute of invalidity of transactions

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The Law of 27 February 2017 - The law of 27 February 2017 introduced very important amendments to the civil legislation, which entail significant consequences, both for future transactions and for transactions made in...more

France embraces security trustee arrangements

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France's Sapin II Act was introduced last year to bring France into line with the highest international standards of transparency, in the fight against corruption and to guarantee more effective financing of the economy. A...more

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