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The Architect-Client Agreement

As with many professional services, when an architect is entering into an agreement to provide services to a client, a written contract is required by law. The law is specific regarding what elements the contract must contain, and it is … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court Rules On Insurer’s Duty to Defend Disparagement Claims

On June 12, 2014 the California Supreme Court decided what constitutes disparagement under a commercial general liability policy in Hartford Casualty Insurance v. Swift Distribution, Inc. Its findings clarify what constitutes disparagement within the meaning of an insurance policy, as … Continue reading

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The Attorney’s Duty of Competency and Co-counsel

As any attorney practicing law knows, each new case brings its own unique issues and problems. Frequently, these issues spill into specialized areas of law that the attorney may not be familiar with, but that must be visited to properly … Continue reading

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Elder Abuse and Reporting Requirements

Nursing homes and long term health care facilities are always at risk of liability for elder abuse. Even the most careful facilities with the most stringent hiring practices can find themselves facing allegations of neglect and abuse. To ensure compliance … Continue reading

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What Liability is Created in an Engineer by Signing Plans?

Pursuant to California Law, all plans submitted by an engineer must include his or her name or license number. Furthermore, all plans released for construction must contain the engineer’s signature and seal or stamp, as well as the date of … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court Considers Architect Liability to Third Parties

Currently pending before the California Supreme Court is the issue of whether an architect providing professional services to a residential developer can be held liable to the purchasers of the residences for negligence in his performance of his services. In … Continue reading

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Notification Requirements Following Unauthorized Disclosure of Computerized Data Stored by Insurers.

In a recent new bulletin, the California Insurance Commissioner addressed the issue of notice requirements after a breach of security information or improper disclosure of personal information by insurers, insurance producers, and other interested persons.

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