Call us today626.440.5200

Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, INC.

Menu

the cornerstone of construction law

Hunt Ortmann is one of the foremost authorities on California construction law, contracts, dispute resolution and litigation offering additional legal services in the areas of business and commercial law, employment matters and labor law compliance, real estate, insurance and suretyship.

receive the latest H+O Newsletter

Sign up now

Smart girls guide to construction law

Get Information

California-Mandated Training for Employers

Get Information

Publications

June 4, 2014

Attorney’s Fees- Bonded Stop Notices and Mechanic’s Liens

Bonded Stop Notices Will Get You Attorney’s Fees on Private Work; Mechanic’s Liens Won’t by Wahid Guirguis, Esq Contractors frequently complain that a recovery on a mechanic’s lien is not a basis for recovery of attorneys’ fees. Undoubtedly you have heard your attorney say “in California, you cannot recover attorneys’ fees unless it is by statute […]

Read More
June 4, 2014

You Can Never Serve Too Many Preliminary Notices

by Larry Lubka, Esq. In a case published yesterday, Shady Tree Farms vs. Omni Financial, the court held that only “the” general contractor is exempt from serving preliminary notices in order to preserve their lien, stop notice and bond rights. In that case, Shady Tree Farms was a seller of trees for landscaping. It had […]

Read More
June 4, 2014

To Serve and Protect Your Rights – Use The New Preliminary Notice Form

The New Preliminary Notice Form: How To Serve It by Dale Ortmann, Esq. Part 2 of a 6-part series on the new Mechanic’s Lien Laws, effective July 1, 2012 In Part 1 of this series, we explained the new changes to the Preliminary Notice form, effective July 1, 2012. In this Part 2, we explain changes […]

Read More
June 4, 2014

You Served The Preliminary Notice: Now Prove It

By Dale A. Ortmann, Esq.Part 3 of a 6-part series on the new Mechanic’s Lien Laws, effective July 1, 2012 In Parts 1 and 2, we explained the new Preliminary Notice and how to serve it. In Part 3 of our series, we cover the new requirements for proving that the Preliminary Notice was properly […]

Read More
June 4, 2014

New Waiver And Release Forms: What The Heck Is A Through Date?

By Dale A. Ortmann, Esq. Part 4 of a 6 part series on the new Mechanic’s Lien Laws Effective July 1, 2012 In this Part 4 of our series, we explain the changes to the waiver and release forms under the new law effective July 1, 2012. The release forms are mostly the same, as […]

Read More
June 4, 2014

Stop, Look, and… READ! Don’t Sign That Subcontract Just Yet

by Richard Mah, Esq. You’ve just been informed that your subcontract bid has been accepted on a public works project and your company will receive a subcontract agreement shortly. When you receive the draft agreement, you look it over and confirm that the scope of work and exclusions are consistent with your bid. As to […]

Read More
June 4, 2014

Is It A Public Or Private Job?

by Wahid Guirguis, Esq. It is extremely important to know whether the project you are working on is public or private. That determination will dictate what payment-security tools can be used. The proper and necessary prerequisites to enforce any payment claim on the project must also be followed. Unfortunately, a subcontractor learned these lessons the […]

Read More
June 4, 2014

Subcontractors Rejoice! Legislature Bans Type 1 Indemnity Clauses

by Carlo Paciulli, Esq. Beginning 2013 legislation takes effect that protects commercial contractors and subcontractors by eliminating Type I indemnity agreements. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Noreen Evans, said the new law “ensures construction contracts in California are consistent with our public policy of holding the responsible party liable.” Evans added, “For too long, contractors and […]

Read More
June 4, 2014

The High Price of Being An Unlicensed Contractor

Contractor Licensing Law: The High Price Of Being An Unlicensed Contractor By Aaron Flores, Esq. California courts strictly enforce the disgorgement provisions of the contractor licensing law. A new California case underscores this reality. In Twenty-Nine Palms Enterprises Corporation v. Paul Bardos the California Court of Appeal upheld a trial court ruling which ordered an unlicensed contractor […]

Read More

How can we help you?