In the California construction industry, it is not uncommon for disputes to arise. It is important for stakeholders to be aware of changes that the American Institute of Architects has issued to the A201 general conditions document that is used in the industry for dispute resolution procedures.
California builders and developers might be interested in learning that the average financial toll related to construction disputes in North America fell in 2016 to $21 million. While the disputes were generally less expensive, they did take two months longer to resolve than in 2015. This is according to a report issued by the consultancy and design company Arcadis.
General contractors in California and around the country sometimes face construction defect lawsuits soon after completing projects, but this kind of litigation may also be filed months or even years after building work has come to an end. While some legal battles may be inevitable, others can sometimes be avoided by properly drafted construction contracts that clearly establish the duties and responsibilities of all of the parties involved.
Finding the ideal office, warehouse or store to lease can be challenging for startup or growing companies in California and around the country. It can take business owners months to check local regulations, acquire necessary permits and negotiate lease terms, and there is often much still to do even after documents have been signed and keys handed over.
Ever since its 2016 acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications has become the provider to hundreds of thousands of cable subscribers in Los Angeles. Many of them were likely displeased at the end of January to find that they were unable to access the Univision channel. This is the direct result of a breach of contract lawsuit filed last year by the Spanish-language television network against Charter.
California residents should know that if a contract is signed and one of the parties is no longer following the terms of the agreement, a lawsuit may have to be filed in order to compel it to do so. An example of this is the breach of contract lawsuit that was filed by actress Gabrielle Union against BET and the producers of "Being Mary Jane", the show in which she stars.
While Selena fans in California may be looking forward to the planned television series about her love story with her husband, they may not get to ever see the show. Abraham Quintanilla, the late singer's father, has filed a lawsuit against Selena's widower and the television production company that is working on the show.
California residents who are fans of A Day To Remember may be interested to learn that the band won its lengthy legal battle against Victory Records. Back in 2011, ADTR sued their record label for breach of contract, and the initial complaint was followed by numerous accusations from both parties.
California's 2nd District Court of Appeal has overruled a lower court's decision in a case involving a contract dispute and a mandatory arbitration clause. The court's decision shows that arbitration clauses contained in contracts may not be as broad as the parties intended if they are not carefully worded.
On April 13, almost 40,000 Verizon employees went on strike on the East Coast. The walkout could cause months-long delays in completing repair, reconnection and installation orders for the company's estimated 140 million mobile, Internet and cable subscribers, including those in California.