The Economic Toll On The Construction Industry

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In an economic downturn, the construction industry is often hit harder and longer than other industries with decreases in demand, funding, and development. When relatively large portions of our population are facing issues like foreclosure and bankruptcy, it can be difficult for investors and builders to justify the construction of new homes or businesses. Even… Read more »

The Ground Pot is Dispensed From is as Important as the Ground Pot is Grown On

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When most people think of the legalities of Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries, they think of the conflicts between state and federal law, the legality of “prescriptions” held by the “patients,” or the profits being realized by these “not for profit” companies.  However, the threshold issue to owning and operating a pot dispensary is actually a question… Read more »

Rupert Murdoch and Phone-Hacking in California

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Certainly one of the biggest news items at the moment is the ongoing controversy regarding the “news-gathering” activities of those associated with the News of the World, a tabloid newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.  Employees working for News of the World have been accused of hacking into the phones of individuals with sensitive… Read more »

New Media Further Erodes Old Media's Ethics

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With the recent revelations involving both Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the issue of victim and child confidentiality has been thrust front and center along with the broadere issue of journalistic ethics.  Gone are the days of integrity in journalism while a new era of getting the scoop at all costs. By now, you have… Read more »

Animal Care v. People Care

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Most of us are familiar with the current controversy and rhetoric surrounding health care reform. Critics call it socialism, or the more euphemistic “Obamacare,” while supporters prefer to use terms like “humanitarianism” and “health care revolution.” Both sides are persuasive in their arguments, but there may soon be a real-life case study to bring into… Read more »

From a Lender's Perspective, Is A Loan Modification The Best Choice?

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Recently it has been reported that foreclosure numbers are down in Sacramento.  http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/12/3622518/foreclosure-activity-drops-again.html. This may be due to the fact that many lending institutions are choosing to modify loans that they before would have foreclosed upon.  Typically, a paying customer is better than no customer at all.  However, when modifying a loan, a lender must… Read more »

Frivolous Lawsuits and Malicious Prosecution

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“Frivolous”, “meritless”, “worthless”, “BS”, the list goes on and on.  People often use these terms to describe a lawsuit.  But what exactly does a “frivolous” lawsuit mean, and what are the implications?  In California a frivolous lawsuit can have various meanings.  For example, in the employment arena, an employer sued by an employee can sometimes… Read more »

Public Contracting…The Potential Perils?

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It’s no secret that when the economy takes a hit…so does the construction industry.  So what do contractors do when the work available is minimal and private companies cannot afford to carry out their grandiose plans of development?  Contractors turn to public contracting.  Even with the crippling California state economy, state projects are still going… Read more »

Where Do You Want To Do Business?

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As you know, we are avid readers of the Sacramento Business Journal.  Last week the Sac Bizjournal ran a story about the difficulties of doing business with the City of Sacramento.  You can read the article here.  With the Kings potentially leaving town and office vacancies at all time highs… I can’t help but think… Read more »

How Long Will It Take For My Case To Get To Trial

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One of the more common questions from clients is the length of their case.  For example, in a simple breach of contract case, where a client is the plaintiff it may take over two years for the plaintiff to obtain a courtroom and proceed to trial.  Although a majority of civil cases settle, any plaintiff… Read more »