A new California Court of Appeal decision, Espejo v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, elaborates on how to prove that documents signed online, digitally, are authentic, and therefore have the same effect as a handwritten signature. Read More
Since December, the Labor Commissioner has twice revised its new form, most recently effective April 12, 2012. A Word version of the form can be found here. In addition, the Department revised its Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new law and the form, which can be found here.
On July 15, 2011, minor amendments to the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (“RRP”) rule became final, making this a good time to revisit that rule, which became effective last year.
In 2001, in the wake of increased concerns over deleterious health impacts of multicellular fungi, or mold, found in indoor environments, the California Legislature enacted a comprehensive protection scheme called the Toxic Mold Protection Act of 2001 (“the Act”)…Looking back now, 10 years later, the Act looks like much ado about nothing. Though the most recent update found on the DPH website is dated July 2008…
Under newly-enacted sections 17926, 17926.1, and 17926.2 of the Health & Safety Code (part of Senate Bill No. 183), owners of all such properties (excepting properties that are, generally-speaking, owned by or leased to the government) must install carbon monoxide alarms by the following deadlines: (1) July 1, 2011, as to single-family dwellings, or (2) January 1, 2013, as to all other dwellings.
It’s no secret that, these days, many commercial property owners are having trouble meeting their mortgage payments. If you are a tenant of such an owner in California, you should know about section 2938 of the California Civil Code (“Section 2938”). Section 2938 requires, under certain circumstances, a commercial tenant to pay rent to its landlord’s creditor rather than its landlord.
Many tenants are likely to see a big shift in their balance sheets in coming years. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), together with the International Accounting Standards Board, has proposed a comprehensive set of changes in the generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP) for leases.
Kathryn Andrews gave a presentation to the Sonoma County Bar Association on September 21, 2010, on “Valuation of Minority Interest in an Involuntary Dissolution.” This is a hot, but widely misunderstood, topic of particular importance in this economic climate. You can see a her presentation outline here.