Contractors should be aware of the requirement that stop notices be served on the particular branch of the construction lender actually “administering or holding” the loan funds, per California Civil Code section 3083.

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Consumers are best advised to meet with an experienced bankruptcy attorney when choosing between debt consolidation or bankruptcy.

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee’s termination two days after he complained to his employer’s HR office raised a triable issue of material fact based on circumstantial evidence that he was subject to retaliatory termination and that the employer’s stated reason for his termination was a mere pretext.

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An IRS private letter ruling (“PLR”) is a ruling by the IRS on a specific tax issue for a specific taxpayer.  A request for a PLR is usually made before a taxpayer takes a certain action.  The main exception to this is when a taxpayer is requesting a late election.  Most taxpayers will never need […]

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The California Court of Appeal recently found that a plaintiff’s election to proceed far into their lawsuit waived their contractual right to arbitrate the dispute.

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While Internet users may presume that their anonymous posts on message boards and social media sites will remain anonymous, web surfers may want to think twice before they click “post” as a Ninth Circuit opinion in 2011 allowed the unmasking of anonymous online speakers engaged in commercial speech.

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A brief legal consultation before signing a contract can save money and headaches later.

Spending a few hundred dollars for an attorney to review a proposed agreement of any sort is a good business practice as it can save thousands of dollars and headaches in the long run before the transaction and the relationship have soured.

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California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was enacted in 1970. The law has undergone numerous amendments and has been the subject of countless published court opinions, which often have confused legal scholars and non-lawyers alike.

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Proposed California laws will increase the liability of those persons who prepare real property valuations, opine on the value of real property or influence appraisers.

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Last month, I wrote about a defamation case brought by a doctor against a newspaper. This month, let’s talk about a lawyer who sued a newspaper on his own behalf. The old adage is that an attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client.

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