California Public Entity, Construction, and Business Law Blog

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September 17, 2019

Do Due Diligence: Property Purchaser Inadvertently Releases Negligence and Breach of Contract Claims

Failure to exercise due diligence often leads to liability. Surprisingly, in SI 59 LLC v. Variel Warner Ventures, LLC (2018) 29 Cal.App.5th 146, carelessness released a party from liability... Continue reading

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June 06, 2019

Access to Public Records is Your Constitutional Right: How to Obtain Disclosable Public Records in Five Easy Steps.

Access to records and information pertaining to public records is "a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state," which they can enforce through the California Public Records Act request process... Continue reading

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April 01, 2019

Don't Underthink It: Plaintiff Insists Civil Engineers Failed to Consider Safety Features.

Public entities are conferred statutory immunity for design of roadways if the plan or design: (1) is alleged to have caused the subject accident, (2) was approved prior to construction by an employee with discretionary authority or where the design conforms to approved standards, and (3).... Continue reading

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January 30, 2019

Pay Your Retention Fund Forward.

It is common for a contractor to retain a small percentage of payments to a subcontractor as protection against non-performance and potential liens. If the subcontractor does not perform or asserts a lien, the contractor has funds to complete the project or make payment... Continue reading



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