Category Archives: Construction Law

Contractor’s Technical Violations of Contractor License Law During Corporate Reorganization Potentially Subjects It To Disgorgement of 18 Million Dollars in Compensation

The Judicial Council of California (JCC) entered into a contract with defendant Jacobs Facilities, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of defendant Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (collectively Jacobs) to perform maintenance and repair of JCC facilities statewide. Performance of the contract required a license issued pursuant to the Contractors’ State License Law (Bus. & Prof. Code, […]

Jim Parton’s Paid Sick Leave Law Article Published By United Contractors

Jim Parton’s article, “Are You Ready For California’s Paid Sick Leave Law?,” has been published by United Contractors in the May 2015 issue of the UCON Magazine. The magazine is available online at This law goes into effect July 1 and applies to virtually all California employers, even those with a single employee. This […]

An Architect Owes Duty of Professional Care to Future Owners of a New Residential Building

A homeowners association on behalf of its members sued a condominium developer and various other parties over construction design defects that allegedly make the homes unsafe and uninhabitable for significant portions of the year. Two of the defendants were architectural firms, which allegedly designed the homes in a negligent manner and also played an active […]

Trial Court Must Independently Review Arbitration Ruling Whether Contractor was Licensed. (Ahdout v. Hekmatjah (2013) 213 Cal.App.4th 21)

Overview Binding arbitration of construction disputes has been a fixture of California practice for half a century. But recently, a California court decided that when an arbitration proceeding involves an “explicit legislative expression of public policy” the award is not binding. Rather, the owner/consumer has the right to insist that a trial court independently review […]