If you are a business owner, then you know that contracts are an important part of doing business. Contracts set the parameters for a deal and protect both parties involved. Unfortunately, contract disputes can happen. If you think you might be dealing with a breach of contract, it is important to seek legal help right […]
How an Attorney can Help with Contract Disputes
Contracts are designed to protect the interests of the parties that sign them. But, in some cases, they can be misunderstood or misused, leading to a contract dispute. If this has happened to you, it’s important to talk to a contract attorney before you take action to resolve the dispute. If you’re unsure why you […]
Understanding Common Contract Disputes
A contract is a written agreement to help define the relationship between a business and an individual. Disputes can occur when one party breaches the terms of the contract, or if there is a disagreement regarding how it is worded. Disputes with company contracts, non-compete agreements, and leasing contracts are among the most common. If […]
City Estopped From Reneging On Conditional Use Permit After Developer Relied On Promise.
In 1999, City issued a conditional use permit [CUP 4153] permitting development of two hotels near Disneyland by some developers. At that time, the City intended to build an overpass on a portion of the property owned by the developers. In exchange for taking that portion of the property, the City promised to build a parking structure. Relying on the City’s promises and representations, the developers reduced the number of hotel rooms and made other design changes.
Pre-Merger Arbitration Agreement Survived Merger.
In 2000, law firm #1 sent a letter to a lawyer offering him employment; the letter contained an arbitration provision. In 2006, law firm #2, which had subsumed law firm #1 in a merger, and the lawyer signed a termination agreement/resignation letter. Later, the lawyer sued law firm #2 for breach of the termination agreement. Law firm #2 petitioned for arbitration, and the lawyer contended the 2006 termination agreement, which did not contain an arbitration provision, constituted a novation of the offer letter.
Contract Negotiated In A Foreign Language.
Plaintiffs purchased a used automobile after negotiations were conducted in Spanish. When a dispute arose, plaintiffs sued the automobile sales company. Defendant moved for arbitration, attaching a Spanish translation of the underlying sales contract, which included an arbitration agreement, in its petition. Plaintiffs produced a Spanish translation of the underlying sales contract, which contained no arbitration agreement.
Telephone Call Sufficient Contact For Jurisdiction In California.
A California lawyer made a telephone call to an Arizona lawyer to inquire about title and ownership of equipment the California lawyer’s client was contemplating buying from a Texas company. He left a voicemail message, and the Arizona lawyer returned the telephone call. The Arizona lawyer represented he was the lawyer for the Texas company, […]
That Pile Of Documents Signed When Taking Out A Home Mortgage!
A homeowner sued the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation “Freddie Mac” for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Freddie Mac had purchased the homeowner’s mortgage from the loan originator on the secondary market. The loan originator continued to service the loan and failed to pay the insurance premium from an escrow account which […]
Parties Jointly And Severally Liable On An Obligation May Be Sued In Separate Actions.
The California Supreme Court clarified that California law permits separate actions against parties who are jointly and severally liable, stating: “Although long-standing case law has found separate actions permissible, the Court of Appeal here held that a second suit is barred after entry of judgment against one of the contracting parties. The Court reasoned that […]
Jury Trial For Claim Of Express Indemnity.
Following summary judgments and settlements in litigation resulting from severe injuries in a hotel swimming pool, the only issues remaining were those raised in a cross-complaint brought by a party and its insurance company against the pool company to recover the amount it spent on the litigation based on a claim of express indemnity. The […]
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