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  • January 2022 Aas v. Superior Court (2000) 24 Cal. 4th 627 – economic loss rule Amelco Electric v. City of Thousand Oaks ( (2002) 27 Cal. 4th 228 – abandonment does not apply to public works – total cost theory is allowed Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (2014) 59 Cal. 4th 568 – architect liable in absence of privity Cates Const., Inc. v. Talbot Partners (1999) 21 Cal.4th 28 – no tort recovery on bonds – performance bonds can cover contract warranties Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc. v. Sacramento Municipal Utility Dist., 149 Cal. App. 4th 1384 […]

  • December 2021 Partner Jeff Love shares what you need to know about the scope and responsibilities of a real estate lawyer, partnership arrangements, and entity formation.  Key Takeaways To Listen For: Purpose and responsibilities of a real estate lawyer Basic entity structures for real estate investing 3 financial factors to consider before investing in real estate Red flags to watch for before investing passively How to avoid unanticipated investing challenges Advantages of building a real estate team Resources Mentioned In This Episode Free Apartment Syndication Due Diligence Checklist for Passive Investor   Listen here. https://player.fm/series/how-did-they-do-it-real-estate/sa318-emphasizing-real-estate-and-property-law-to-manage-investment-risks-with-jeff-love For more information contact: Jeffrey […]

  • December 2021 from L.A. Times B2B Publishing Partner Barbara R. Gadbois was honored as a female business leader who has demonstrated noteworthy success and accomplishments in the past 24 months.    bgadbois@gibbsgiden.com 310-734-3366 Barbara R. Gadbois, is a senior partner at the Gibbs Giden law firm in Los Angeles, with over 35 years of experience in public and private construction law.  She concentrates her practice in the development and management of construction projects, including drafting and negotiation of bid and contract documents, procurement issues, public works, competitive bidding requirements, bid protest issues, pre-qualification, project delivery methods, design-build projects, risk allocation […]

  •   November 2021 Employment arbitration agreements continue to be a hot button issue in California. We recently highlighted a ruling by the Ninth Circuit that upheld AB 51, California’s ban on mandatory employment arbitration agreements. While the AB 51 decision was bad news for employers, the newly decided Martinez-Gonzalez v. Elkhorn Packing Co. LLC provides some relief. The representative plaintiff in the Elkhorn Packing case was a former farm laborer who worked for Elkhorn Packing Company (“Elkhorn”), a farm labor contractor. The plaintiff brought a class action claim for wage and hour violations. Elkhorn moved to compel arbitration and the […]

  •     October 2021   As 2021 winds down, California has yet again passed a host of new employment laws that has been signed by Governor Newsom.  Most of these new laws will take effect on January 1, 2022. The new employment laws cover a wide swath of issues, including medical leave, wage theft, settlement and severance agreements, Cal/OSHA regulations, and, of course, COVID-19.   CHANGES TO THE CALIFORNIA FAMILY RIGHTS ACT (CFRA) Last year, California enacted sweeping changes to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).  The CFRA is the California equivalent to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act […]

  • October 2021 In response to what has been described as an extreme shortage of affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles, the City has adopted civil and criminal remedies to curb unlawful harassment against tenants. As explained below, the new statute increases liabilities and risk to residential landlords. On August 6, 2021, the City passed an ordinance adding Article 5.3 to the Los Angeles Municipal Code establishing a Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance, and Section 151.33 incorporating the protections in the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance. The Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance is purported by the City to be in response to a 2018 […]

  • September 2021   Mandatory Vaccination Policies are Likely Legal in Some States, but Should Your Business Implement Them_   For more information contact: Matthew Wallin   mwallin@gibbsgiden.com (310) 552-3400 Matthew Wallin is a senior associate in the Los Angeles office where he practices labor and employment law.  He has extensive experience defending private business and public entities in litigation and advising clients on labor compliance issues.     Or Missy L. Griffin mgriffin@gibbsgiden.com 669-209-7977 Missy Griffin is an associate in the San Jose office of Gibbs Giden where she represents clients in the areas of construction claims and litigation in addition […]