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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 […]

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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 […]

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June 4, 2014

Nowhere To Run To, Baby: Arbitration Is Nowhere To Hide For Unlicensed Contractors

By Kathlynn Smith The subject of licensing has been on the minds of California’s courts recently. Hot on the heels of the appellate court’s decision in Twenty-Nine Palms Enterprises Corporation v. Bardos (See “Contractor Licensing Law: The High Price of Being an Unlicensed Contractor,” by Aaron Flores, Esq.), the California Court of Appeal just handed down another […]

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June 4, 2014

The Right to Repair Act: It’s Your Choice

by Dale Ortmann, Esq. Many practitioners believed that the procedurally complex Right to Repair Act (“RRA”) provided the exclusive remedy to a homeowner claiming damages for residential construction defects. The RRA was intended to provide for a non-adversarial procedure for the homeowner and builder to follow in an attempt to resolve the dispute. Though well […]

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April 23, 2014

Smith Published in American Bar Association Student Lawyer Magazine

Contact Nick Santoro 626.440.5200 santoro@huntortmann.com Shareholder Kathlynn Smith guest writes an article for the May 2014 edition of ABA’s Student Lawyer Magazine. In Student Lawyers’ “I Wish I’d Known” column, Kathlynn provides an insider’s look at practicing law and how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls attorneys face. Read the full article entitled, […]

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June 10, 2013

Hunt Ortmann Prevails in San Francisco

Contact Nick Santoro 626.440.5200 santoro@huntortmann.com Following completion of a bifurcated bench trial and start of a jury trial in the complex department of the San Francisco Superior Court, Hunt Ortmann client successfully recovered full principal contract balance, plus almost seven years of prompt payment penalties, full pre-judgment interest, and attorney’s fees. Hunt Ortmann’s client was […]

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