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January 13, 2021

Employers: Don’t Put on Those Rose Colored Glasses Just Yet!

By JoLynn M. Scharrer This past year has been a difficult one to navigate, especially for employers in California.  COVID-19 has added another complicated layer to an often burdensome environment in terms of regulation and compliance.  The coming year does not seem to let up with the new laws impacting employers. While there are over […]

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January 7, 2021

Construction Law Legislation In the Time of COVID

By: Kathlynn Smith This time of year often carries with it an air of reflection on the past and optimism for the year to come. In the legal industry that feeling is often enhanced by the roll-out of the new laws impacting our clients and our practices. And, as in other years, we enter 2021 […]

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December 10, 2020

If It Looks, Walks, and Talks Like A Contract, It’s Probably A Contract: California Court of Appeal Affirms Job Order Contracts Are Enforceable Agreements

By Jennifer Tung In a big win for public agencies, and school districts in particular, the California Court of Appeal recently affirmed the validity of public work job order contracts as enforceable contracts. In the first published opinion on the subject, the Court of Appeal rejected the argument by the contractor in Los Angeles Unified […]

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October 15, 2020

New Date: LEEDing Ladies: If You BUILD It, They Will Come

Energy efficiency and affordable housing are topics du jour, especially in Los Angeles. Seemingly unrelated at first glance, can progress be made in these two spaces together? Join Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung, and the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council on November 5th, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – […]

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July 23, 2020

Hunt Ortmann Shareholders, Dale Ortmann and John Darling Have Been Selected As 2020 Leaders Of Influence: Top Litigators And Trial Lawyers By The Los Angeles Business Journal

Shareholders Dale Ortmann and John Darling have been selected as Leaders Of Influence: Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers this year! With over 300 nominations submitted this year, we are proud to salute their selection in recognition of their work, dedication to their clients and of course to the success of Hunt Ortmann. They are recognized […]

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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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