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February 25, 2015

State Ready Mix, Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol

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The California Court of Appeal recently issued a significant decision for design professionals. In State Ready Mix, Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol (http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/B253421.PDF), the Court held that a concrete supplier (State Ready Mix, Inc.) could not sustain a cause of action for contribution or equitable indemnity against the civil engineer (Moffatt & Nichol). Synopsis: A […]

September 5, 2014

Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, et al.

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In Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, et al., the Supreme Court of California affirmed the Court of Appeal’s ruling that a principal architect can owe a duty of care to future homeowners.  This duty of care extends to architects even if they do not contract with the homeowners, or actually […]

October 4, 2013

Yee v. Cheung 2013 WL 5496953

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The Fourth District holds Code of Civil Procedure 340.6, the statute of limitations for claims premised on an attorney’s professional services, applies to a malicious prosecution claim.  Further, probable cause is established as a matter of law if a motion for nonsuit is denied in the underlying case.  A dispute arose between Don Cheung and […]

October 4, 2013

Yee v. Cheung 2013 WL 5496953

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Download Publication The Fourth District holds Code of Civil Procedure 340.6, the statute of limitations for claims premised on an attorney’s professional services, applies to a malicious prosecution claim.  Further, probable cause is established as a matter of law if a motion for nonsuit is denied in the underlying case.  A dispute arose between Don […]

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April 30, 2013

Lost Profit Claims as Speculative Damages: The Courts’ “Gatekeeper” Role

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Download Publication I.                    Introduction “World history is replete with fascinating ‘what ifs.’  What if Alexander the Great had been killed early in his career at the Battle of the Granicus River, as he nearly was?  What if the Saxon King Harold had prevailed at Hastings, and William, later called the Conqueror, had died in that battle […]

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April 30, 2013

Lost Profit Claims as Speculative Damages: The Courts’ “Gatekeeper” Role

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I.                    Introduction “World history is replete with fascinating ‘what ifs.’  What if Alexander the Great had been killed early in his career at the Battle of the Granicus River, as he nearly was?  What if the Saxon King Harold had prevailed at Hastings, and William, later called the Conqueror, had died in that battle rather […]

April 9, 2013

Jennifer Suzuki Will Participate In the ACEC California’s 16th Annual Attorneys Roundtable in Monterey, CA

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Jennifer Suzuki will participate again at the ACEC California’s 16th Annual Attorneys Roundtable in Monterey, California.  Jennifer has provided a unique perspective to the roundtable discussions with her expertise in both corporate and litigation matters involving design professionals. 

April 9, 2013

Robert Buccieri Joins ACEC Legal Counsel Forum at National Convention in Washington D.C. from April 21-24

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Robert Buccieri has joined and will participate in the upcoming Legal Counsel Forum at the ACEC National Convention in Washington D.C. from April 21-24.  The Legal Counsel Forum was created so that counsel to ACEC member firms could meet and share information about legal issues facing engineering companies.  The LCF meets for a day and a […]

April 9, 2013

Steven Sharafian Will Speak to CCA’s Graduate Architectural Class on 4 April 2013

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Steven Sharafian will speak to California College of the Arts’ graduate architectural professional practice class on the topic of risk management on 4 April 2013.

February 9, 2013

Glen Olson to Present on Damage Causation Issues at the ABA Spring 2013 Legal Malpractice Conference

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On April 25, 2013, Glen Olson will be a panelist on a program entitled “Causation: The ‘So What’ Defense” at the ABA Spring Legal Malpractice Conference, in New Orleans, LA. The program will explore strategies in legal malpractice actions to advance the defense of lack of causation between the professional’s alleged error and the damages […]