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Unlicensed Contractor Shoots for the Stars . . . Sputters on Takeoff

Elon Musk . . . Eccentric engineer. Technology billionaire. And, now, litigation bad ass. Frequent readers of the California Construction Law Blog know that we’ve talked about the importance of being properly...more

The A, B and C’s of Contracting and Self-Performing Work Under California’s Contractor’s License Law

The California Contractors State License Board issues licenses in three general classifications: 1. Class A – General Engineering Contractors; 2. Class B – General Building Contractors; and 3. Class C – Specialty...more

A License to Sue: Appellate Court Upholds Condition of Statute that a Contracting Party Must Hold a Valid Contractor’s License to...

California Business & Professions Code section 7031(a) requires a party to have contractor’s license in order to maintain an action for compensation for services performed for which a contractor’s license is needed. In...more

California Contractors State License Board To Discuss Legislative Developments May 19

This meeting will be open to the public except when specifically noticed otherwise. Members of the public are permitted to address the Committee during the public comment session; however, the total time allocated for public...more

California’s Enforcement Chief David Fogt Is New Registrar of Contractors

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) recently announced that current Enforcement Chief David R. Fogt will serve as the CSLB’s new Registrar of Contractors starting May 2. This promotion makes David Fogt the...more

CSLB Releases New Forms and Announces New Fees!

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB”) has issued new application forms. Effective May 1, 2017, the CSLB will only accept forms with a revision date of October 2017 (Pro tip: see bottom of form to verify it...more

2017 California Construction Law Update

To say it’s been an exciting year in politics would be an understatement. While most of the nation’s attention was focused on the presidential election, state legislatures, including California’s, were busy at work. The...more

They Did What? Fire Sprinkler Industry Stunned by North Carolina Legislature’s Mistake in Removing Licensing Board’s Authority to...

North Carolina’s legislature mistakenly removed the authority for the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors (“State Board”) to issue certain crucial industry licenses. On July 1, 2016,...more

CSLB’s Military Application Assistance Program

Who knew? I didn’t. Military Applicants, with Proper Forms, Move to Front of Line for Contractor License Processing - SACRAMENTO – The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) salutes U.S. military personnel for their...more

Under Construction - September 2016

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Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your summer has left you relaxed and refreshed to successfully finish out the remainder of the year. Most...more

AB 1793 Amends Requirements for Contractors to Establish Substantial Compliance With State Contractor Licensing Requirements

On August 30, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1793, which amends the requirements under Business & Professions Code § 7031 for a contractor to establish “substantial compliance” with state contractor licensing...more

Shaken? Stirred? A Primer on License Bond Claims in California

Shaken? Stirred? A bit hot under the tuxedo collar perhaps? Maybe it’s time for a martini. Or two. When your project’s a mess, your contractor isn’t returning your calls, and you don’t have a license...more

One Very Good Reason to Make Sure Your Contractor is Licensed

I know how the thinking goes . . . Other than providing you with some marginal assurance that the work performed by your contractor (or subcontractor, in the case of general contractors) will be up to snuff, why do you...more

Tips on Pursuing and Defending Complaints against Contractors

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The often staggering cost of litigation has prompted an equally staggering amount of regulatory complaints against contractors in recent years. Why? Because filing a complaint against a contractor may not cost a complainant...more

California Increases the Contractor’s License Bond Requirement

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The California Legislature recently enacted Senate Bill 467, increasing the license bond requirement from $12,500 to $15,000 for California contractors, effective January 1, 2016. Contractor’s license bonds generally exist...more

Michael Hensley and John Lierman Obtain Summary Judgment in an Interference with Contract Case

Michael Hensley and John Lierman, attorneys with Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, recently obtained summary judgment on all claims in Mohave County Superior Court, for client Sunquest Solar, Inc., a solar contractor which had been...more

Labor Code § 2708 Presumption of Employer Negligence is Not Applicable Against Homeowners Who Hired Unlicensed Painting Company

In Vebr v. Culp (Filed 10/28/2015, No. G050730), the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of homeowners, where an employee of an unlicensed painting company was injured...more

Proving Contractor Licensure in California. The Tribe Has Spoken.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, in California you must “prove” you’re a licensed contractor in a construction case. But in whose hands are you entitled to place your fate  – the judge or the jury?...more

Contractor Given a Wake-Up Call for Using a "Sham" RMO/RME

Two weeks ago we wrote about a disgorgement case winding its way through the courts where a contractor who let its license lapse after assigning its contract to a related but properly licensed entity was still facing...more

The Takeaway from Joint Ventures and Florida Licensure: Follow the Rules

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Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation requires and issues licenses for entities and individuals to qualify to construct improvements to real property in Florida.There are licenses for Certified General...more

Flag on the Play! Expired Contractor’s License!

It’s football season again. Which means, of course, that in addition to touch downs and field goals, you’ll also see hooting and hollering when the ref throws down a yellow flag signaling that a foul has been committed....more

Noncompliance with the California Contractor’s License Law Brings Severe Consequences

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Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Brothers Inc., 236 Cal. App. 4th 1246 (Cal. Ct. App. 2015) - In California, a contractor must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board (Board) in order to lawfully...more

Construction Licensing – Substantial Compliance – Settlements and Suspension of License

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Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros. Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 18, 2015) - Business and Professions Code Section 7031 precludes a contractor from maintaining any action...more

All is Fair in Lovell and Litigation

Most California construction attorneys know, or should know, that you need to “prove” you’re a licensed contractor in a construction case. And, by “prove,” that means more than simply alleging in a pleading that you are...more

A Recent Case's Impact on the Determination of Contractor Licensure

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A Florida court of appeals recently ruled that a contractor is considered licensed if it is associated with a qualifying agent licensed to perform the contract work on the effective date of the contract. Other courts...more

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