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August 29, 2014

Hunt Ortmann Prevails in Glendale Superior Court

Contact Richard Mah 626.440.5200 mah@huntortmann.com The trial team of Richard Mah and Dustin Lozano secured a verdict in Glendale Superior Court following a bench trial which resulted in a complete victory for a homeowner client.  In an action based on the Home Improvement and Home Solicitation statutes, the Honorable Judge Laura A. Matz found that […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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