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September 13, 2018

Avoiding Liability for Injuries at Dog Parks is not so Ruff

Public entities are afforded unique immunities under the Government Code, enabling them to avoid liability for common law tort claims. (Govt. Code §815 et seq.). These immunities serve as an incentive for entities to provide more public services with a decreased risk of... Continue reading

Public Works Construction
July 18, 2018

The Impact of California's New Cap on Withholdings in Public Works Project

Public entities, contractors, and subcontractors for years have enjoyed the flexibility California law provided parties to agree to the amounts to be withheld in retention of progress payments in contracts involving public works projects... Continue reading

June 19, 2018

Re-Evaluating Boundaries for Dangerous Conditions

A very favorable public entity decision was recently published by the Third District Court of Appeal, in the case of Biscotti v. Yuba City Unified School District, representing a strong judicial stance refusing to find a "dangerous condition of public property" when the nature of the condition was readily... Continue reading

May 4, 2018

Application of Trail Immunity to Paved Walkways Within City Parks

Of all the immunities afforded by the Government Tort Claims Act, it is the recreational trail immunity provided in Government Code §831.4, that reigns supreme. Since its adoption into the Government Code in 1963... Continue reading



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