California’s Mechanic’s Lien Law (Civil Code section 3082 et seq.) is littered with short deadlines, which are further complicated by the rules of bankruptcy.

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The recent ruling in Baeza v. Superior Court upheld the alternative nonadversarial prelitigation contractual provision utilized by one homebuilder.

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“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do” said Henry Ford. Indeed, much of a lawyer’s value is his or her reputation in the legal community, a lesson that I hope no attorney learns the hard way.

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A recent decision regarding commercial property in Orange County, California addressed one rare situation in which payment of property taxes may be required to establish a prescriptive easement.

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Although it is common practice among retailers to use form contracts presented to consumers for signing without explanation and without an ability to negotiate any of the terms, a court recently held that an arbitration clause in a form contract for the purchase of a used vehicle was unenforceable.

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