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.
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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Plaintiffs bought a multimillion-dollar hillside home, and several months later, they discovered they were not connected to the City’s sewer system. Believing they were deceived, they brought an action against the sellers and the real estate agents who brokered the sale alleging various causes of action, including rescission. After the real estate agents settled for […]
The underlying case involved allegations of breach of contract regarding intellectual property. After protracted litigation, there was a settlement agreement; the agreement included a broad release clause, which stated in part: “. . . do hereby irrevocably and unconditionally release and forever discharge each other and each of their respective past, present, and future affiliates, […]
The allegations are that two licensed real estate salespersons agreed to share commissions earned by either of them on certain sales of real property. One sued the other for breaching that agreement, and the trial court sustained the defendant’s demurrer without leave to amend, relying on defendant’s contention that Business and Professions Code section 10137 […]