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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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August 10, 2020

Leveraging Data to Mitigate Claim Risks in Construction

Inconsistent use of tools, arduous claims resolution, and excessive legal bills are plaguing the industry. When it comes to the application of digital solutions – we’ve let contract processes slip behind the times. Hunt Ortmann’s Peter Ryan will share digital specific best practices to reduce claims and litigation risk and protect your profit margins in […]

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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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July 13, 2020

LEEDing Ladies – The Consequences of Consequential Damages

Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung will be presenting the third installment of the LEEDing Ladies complementary webinar series with the U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles, on July 23, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. THURSDAY, JULY 23, 202011:00 AM – 11:30 AM It’s no surprise that green building projects often carry with them […]

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May 15, 2020

Employers: Be Prepared With a Detailed Return to Work Action Plan

With the easing of restrictions on certain businesses and the slow re-opening of local, regional and state economies, employers must prepare to resume operations in a safe manner.  Thus far, those segments of business that have been permitted to open are having to comply with stringent standards, or face the penalty of closure and possible […]

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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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