Contract Disputes Archives

Better Late Than Never - Late Notice May Not Be Detrimental To Coverage Under An Occurrence Policy

As anyone who has ever tried to read through an insurance policy can attest, there are pages upon pages of terms, conditions, exclusions, limitations, definitions, and ... notice requirements. Most notice requirements in policies mandate that notice of a claim be provided in a prompt or timely manner. While the failure to strictly adhere to the policy's notice requirements can result in a forfeiture of coverage, late notice may not always be detrimental. In Marty Lat v. Farmers New World Life Insurance Company (10/16/18 Court of Appeal 2nd Dist.), the Court of Appeal held that an insurance company may not deny an insured's claim under an occurrence policy based on lack of timely notice or proof of claim unless the insurer can show actual prejudice from the delay.

New Appeals Court Decision Makes It Harder for Businesses to Protect Themselves from Ex-Employees

In AMN Healthcare, Inc. v. Aya Healthcare Services, Inc., the Court of Appeal held that a "Nonsolicitation of employees" provision of a standard Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement signed by employees who later left to compete against their former employer was void and unenforceable as an improper restraint of the employees' right to practice in their chosen profession.

You May Have To Allow Your Employee To Bring Her Emotional Support Parrot To Work With Her

California's Fair Housing and Employment Act ("FEHA") makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of age, religion, color, gender identity, national origin, race, marital status, familiar status, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability. As faithful readers to this newsletter are well familiar, the FEHA applies to employers, but it also applies to property managers, lenders, public entities, realtors, rental owners and anyone working in the housing industry. The FEHA broadly prohibits the treatment of a member of any protected class unequally to others or refusing to make reasonable accommodations.

3 Items For Your Winter Corporate Check-Up

One of BKCG's main goals is to help our clients avoid legal problems from occurring in the first place and, with that in mind, based on our clients' experiences and recent legal developments, we suggest you consider doing the following 3 things to help your company stay out of legal peril.

Three contract tips that can prevent construction litigation

Not only are construction project expensive and time-consuming, they can also be legal minefields. A large construction project can involve multiple contractors and subcontractors that can have issues with their contracts. A 2016 study by the consultancy firm Arcadis, showed that the top two causes of a construction dispute (PDF) were because of "errors with the contract" and "a failure to properly administer the contract."

Few will disagree that contract disputes can hurt the bottom line

California business owners really have their work cut out for them when it comes to trying to keep their workers, clients and partners happy and satisfied with any service, product or agreement they may make with them. Contract disputes are relatively common in the business world. However, if left unresolved, they can really cause a lot problems for a business. One of the best ways to prevent bottom line losses regarding contract disagreements is to know ahead of time where to reach for support if a problem arises.

Are contract disputes threatening your bottom line?

As a California business owner, you no doubt try to get the most for your money and keep production levels at their highest. Any number of problems can cause delays or hurt your bottom line. If you can successfully negotiate your way out of contract disputes, things may get better before they get worse.

All those involved happy as contract disputes come to an end

California parents are hopping on the back-to-school bandwagon along with thousands of other parents in the nation. Contract disputes between faculty and administrators in another state nearly continued into the start of the upcoming year. Thankfully, the situation has come to a peaceful end with all involved reportedly satisfied with the outcome.

Producer Quincy Jones richer after contract disputes

Most California pop music lovers are familiar with record producer Quincy Jones. He has helped many singers, songwriters and performers climb to the top of the billboard charts over the past few decades. One superstar with whom he had a close alliance, both on a personal and professional level, was Michael Jackson. That's why some may be surprised to learn that Jones has been engaged in raging contract disputes with Jackson's estate.

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