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April 30, 2020

LEEDing Ladies – Episode 2: May the Force (Majeure) Be With You

Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung will be presenting the second episode of the LEEDing Ladies complementary webinar series with the U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles, on May 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. In Episode 2: May the Force (Majeure) Be With You, the LEEDing Ladies will discuss contractual provisions and legal doctrines […]

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April 24, 2020

Court of Appeal Sets Limits on Enforceability of Pay-When-Paid Clauses

by Kathlynn Smith For over 20 years, California courts have clearly and consistently rejected so-called pay-if-paid provisions in construction contracts that condition a subcontractor’s right to payment on the owner’s payment to the contractor. The seminal case of Wm. R. Clarke Corp. v. Safeco Ins. Co., 15 Cal. 4th 882 (1997) squarely rejected pay-if-paid clauses […]

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April 24, 2020

Employers: Latest News on Employee COVID- 19 Screenings

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidelines permitting employers to test for COVID- 19 at workplaces before employees enter without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These guidelines note that any medical test that businesses require workers to take must be “job related and consistent with business necessity” under the ADA, a […]

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March 19, 2020

A Message from Hunt Ortmann to our Community

To: Hunt Ortmann Client and Friends, The health and prosperity of everyone in our communities is a priority for Hunt Ortmann. With COVID-19 upon us, we have instructed our employees to work from home and communicate with our clients and others in our business community electronically or by phone. During this temporary arrangement, client service […]

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March 12, 2020

When Is Construction Substantially Complete Under the Right to Repair Act?

by Paul Rogoff. When California enacted the Right to Repair Act in 2002 (Civil Code sections 895 – 945.5), it sought to implement a 10-year statute of limitations which would bar any actions brought more than 10 years after “substantial completion.” To do this, the Legislature borrowed language from section 337.15 of the Code of […]

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