Christian Lucia is a Panel Moderator at the 21st Annual West Region Construction Litigation and Insurance Coverage Conference on September 18th in San Diego, CA.
Occasionally a court decision seems so obvious that it is difficult to understand why the issue was disputed. In Corrales v. Corrales, the California Court of Appeal held that a partnership cannot exist without two or more partners. This common sense conclusion has an important effect on the rights of former partners. Under the California… read more
Government mandates for building upgrades do not protect building owners from liability for injuries occurring prior to the upgrade deadline. The facts giving rise to the Court of Appeal’s decision in Myrick v. Mastigni began with the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. After that earthquake, the City of Paso Robles conducted a survey of unreinforced masonry… read more
When more than one party is liable for injury to a third party, California law permits a responsible party who has paid the injured third party to obtain partial reimbursement from the other liable parties through equitable indemnity. A claim for equitable indemnity does not exist until one of the responsible parties makes payment on… read more
A judgment entered in another state may not be enforceable in California if the judgment debtor (the person who owes money pursuant to a judgment) was denied due process in the out-of-state case. In State of Arizona v. Yuen, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court decision vacating a judgment entered in California… read more