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November 3, 2015

What’s Fair Is Fair: No Attorney’s Fees for Victor

What’s Fair Is Fair: No Attorney’s Fees for Victor Emily Zung Manninger, Esq. The California Court of Appeal recently determined that successfully defending a Prompt Payment Statutes (PPS) violation claim, does not necessarily entitle a contractor to recover attorney’s fees under the PPS’ fee-shifting provisions. In James L. Harris Painting, etc. v. West Bay Builders, […]

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October 28, 2015

Seminar- 2015 Construction Credit Conference Presented By BICA

The Building Industry Credit Association Education Committee is pleased to offer the 2015 Construction Credit Conference at the Pacific Palms Hotel in the City of Industry. Our speakers are each experts in their fields – Construction attorneys Dale Ortmann, Joe Hanna and Theresa Tate are slated to be the key speakers during the day. In addition, Eddie Bernacchi, President of […]

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September 29, 2015

Contractors And Owners Both Win With Right To Repair Act

Contractors And Owners Both Win With Right To Repair Act by Shahirah Salem, Esq. An August 26, 2015 decision by the California Court of Appeal holds that homeowners bringing a claim for damages for residential construction defects must first follow the pre-litigation procedures established by the Right to Repair Act (“RRA”). In McMillin Albany LLC […]

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January 9, 2015

Add Another Log to the Fire- New Decision Burns General Contractor

Add Another Log to the Fire: New Decision Burns General Contractor By Dustin Lozano, Esq. General contractors beware! The recent appellate case of Moorefield Construction, Inc. v. Intervest-Mortgage Investment Company holds that a general contractor can contractually waive or impair its mechanic’s lien rights. In 2006, DBN Parkside, LLC (DBN) and Moorefield Construction, Inc. (Moorefield) […]

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December 11, 2014

Are You On The List? Mandatory Registration For Public Works Contracts

Are You On The List?: Mandatory Registration For Public Works Contracts By Kathlynn Smith, Esq. As the year comes to a close, the possibilities for next year seem limitless. December is the perfect time to reflect on the lessons of the past and make plans for the future. And with all indicators showing strong growth […]

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September 24, 2014

Stop Payment Notice Claimants Beware! Read Full Opinion Here

Hunt Law Update – Stop Payment Notice Claimants Beware! New Appellate Opinion Regarding Stop Payment Notices by Dale Ortmann, Esq. The men and women in the construction industry should be made aware of a recent published Court of Appeals opinion which significantly impacts the stop payment notice remedy. The simple issue in Golden State Boring […]

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June 4, 2014

The Owner is Bankrupt? Record Your Mechanic’s Lien Anyway!

By Dale Ortmann, Esq. It is a commonly held belief that if a project owner files for bankruptcy, an automatic stay prevents any collection activity against the owner, including the recording of a mechanic’s lien against the owner’s property. Since a violation of the bankruptcy stay is a contempt of court, it is important to […]

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June 4, 2014

New Laws Affecting Public Works Construction: Are They Good For California?

by Carlo Paciulli, Esq. In October 2011, Governor Brown signed into law two bills regarding project labor agreements, or PLAs, that will impact public works construction. These new laws reflect a pro-union orientation in the California legislature and Governor’s office. A PLA is an agreement between a public entity and organized labor that requires that […]

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June 4, 2014

Can A Public Agency Recover Attorney’s Fees Defending A Stop Notice Claim?

By Dale Ortmann, Esq. In an opinion issued in March of this year, a Court of Appeal answered the question of whether a public agency can recover attorney’s fees defending against a stop notice claim. On a project for the Long Beach Community College District (District), a subcontractor filed a stop notice claim with the […]

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