The Hegels had a homeowner's insurance policy with First Liberty for their Spring Hills, Florida residence. That policy insured against "Sinkhole Loss" as an exception to the policy's exclusion for damage caused by earth movement. Under the policy, "Sinkhole Loss means structural damage to the building, including the foundation, caused by sinkhole activity. The policy, however, did not define the term "structural damage."
As a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 854, significant changes were made to Cal. Labor Code §1771.1 and §1725.5. All licensed contracts who work on or intend to work on public works projects must be registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations. Beginning March 1, 2015, all contractors were required to register with Department of Industrial Relations in order to bid on public works projects or be listed in a bid proposal. As of April 1, 2015, only contractors who have registered with the Department of Industrial Relations will be eligible to be awarded a public works contract, even if the project did not go out to bid.
In a recent case, Palomar Grading & Paving, Inc. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. et al., Court of Appeal (2014 S.O.S. 4573) the appeal court held that "We determine it is the constitutional default rate that should apply to prejudgment interest on a mechanic's lien as applied to noncontracting, innocent owners." California's constitutional default rate for prejudgment interest is 7%.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) updated its revenue based size standards for small businesses through an interim rule published June 12, 2014, effective July 14, 2014.
Cal/OSHA will focus on safety compliance at construction sites in the San Francisco Bay Area following a number of recent accidents. Inspectors have been deployed to inspect construction sites to determine whether adequate measures have been taken to identify safety hazards and prevent injury.
As our earlier post and emails have indicated, last year Governor Brown signed into law a new twist to The Subletting and Subcontracting Fair Practices Act (Act). The change goes into effect on July 1, 2014. If you are a contractor submitting a bid to a public entity for a California public works project will be required to include the contractor license number of each subcontractor you have listed.
A recent California decision, Bay Cities Paving & Grading, Inc. v. City of San Leandro, 2014 DJDAR 1809 (Cal. App. 1st Dist., Feb. 13, 2014), determined that the City of San Leandro ("City) did not abuse its discretion by accepting an immaterial deviation in the low bidder's bid bond.
A recent California decision, Relentless Air Racing, LLC v. Airborne Turbine LTD. Partnership, 2014 DJDAR 57 (Cal. App. 2d Dist., Dec. 31, 2013), states that a judgment creditor does not have to demonstrate wrongful intent by alter ego parties when attempting to add them as additional judgment debtors on a judgment.
2014 has just began and various changes to the law came into effect on January 1, 2014. One the more drastic changes to business owners is Assembly Bill 1336.
The California Legislature enacted S.B. 800 (aka the "Right to Repair Act") in 2002 to provide builders, subcontractors, product manufacturers and design professionals an opportunity to repair construction defects before a new homeowner initiated court proceedings. S.B. 800 applies to construction defects identified in new residential construction and was an effort by the Legislature to reduce construction defect lawsuits.