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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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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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Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren asks JPMorgan Chase to stop “exploiting its customers”

In a letter to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s CEO, Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren asked the bank to stop “exploiting its customers” by using what the bank considers the “standard practice” of asking its customers to arbitrate potential claims against it. https://www.americanbanker.com/articles/warren-tells-dimon-to-stop-exploiting-with-forced-arbitration. Chase’s customers can, however, opt out of mandatory arbitration by mailing written rejection notices …

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Contractors with White Ancestry got $300 million Claiming to be Native American

In St. Louis, MO, a contractor recently was awarded a lucrative government contract set aside for minority businesses by claiming to be Cherokee. He was found out and stripped of his minority status. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-na-cherokee-minority-contracts-20190626-story.html Since 2000, the federal government and authorities in 18 states, including California, have awarded more than $300 million under minority contracting …

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