Bad and getting worse: homelessness in Los Angeles

In part overshadowed by fears of COVID-19, the homelessness situation in Los Angeles and beyond is far from easing up. Once temporary eviction restrictions are lifted, attorneys and judges are likely to see an increase in eviction and homelessness-related cases with little new law to ease the situation for either renters or landlords. Of course, …

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AB 1054: Electric Utility Wildfire Liability Reform in California, Vol. 49, No. 11, the Environmental Law Reporter (2019)

Winner of the Best Article of the Year   As climate change worsens, so does the risk of wildfires. This is especially so in already hot, dry areas such as the western United States. Adding to this problem is the rapid growth of the wildland-urban interface (WUI). As more and more houses are built in …

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Money for Nothing

Liquidated damages will be upheld unless unreasonable.  It is so when it “bears no reasonable relationship to the range of actual damages that the parties could have anticipated would flow from a breach.”  Ridgley v. Topa Thrift & Loan Assn., 17 Cal.4th 970, 977 (Cal. App. 1998). In a recent case, lenders lent $1.8 million to …

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Taylor Swift to Re-record Her First Albums in Contractual Dispute

For artists, master recordings — the original recordings of musicians’ work — are vital musically, historically and financially. In most situations, labels own those masters. But many musicians, both prominent and independent ones, have tried to hang on to their masters. As Prince famously told Rolling Stone back in 1996, “If you don’t own your …

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Neat Little Statute of Frauds Case

Looking for a quick little case demonstrating the ongoing importance of the Statute of Frauds? Look no further: Back v. Cheasepake Applachia, L.L.C. provides one (773 Fed.Appx. 294 (2019). In 1940, Thomas Back’s family entered into an oil-and-gas-lease with the Inland Gas Corporation, Chesapeake’s predecessor.  This called for a flat-rate royalty of 12 cents per thousand …

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