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[07/09] Lumber Liquidators Provides Second Quarter 2014 Business Update And Revises Outlook For Full Year 2014
[07/09] Brookfield Residential Wins Multiple Gold Nugget Awards
[07/09] BCA Architects' Top Ranking in Silicon Valley Business Journal Adds to Successes in 25th Year of the Architectural Firm
[07/09] Hunter Douglas Receives Product of the Year Award

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Employment Practices

[07/10] Pelosi backs gay-rights bill despite concerns
[07/10] US unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000
[07/10] How states fared on unemployment benefit claims
[07/10] Ex-minor leaguers sue MLB over low salaries

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Insurance

[07/09] Allstate to Discuss Second Quarter 2014 Earnings With Investors
[07/09] National Black Chamber of Commerce Endorses MassMutual as Preferred Provider of Retirement Plans
[07/09] Atradius Publishes Advice on Business Success in the Czech Republic
[07/08] Solstice Benefits Wins Web Health Award for Medical Education

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Litigation

[06/11] Lawyers for Sterlings face off on LA Clippers sale
[06/11] Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

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Sports

[07/21] Clippers' future on line as probate trial resumes
[07/18] 49ers open posh, high-tech stadium in Santa Clara
[07/18] Jerry Sandusky son alleges even worse abuse
[07/18] CBS won't dictate use of Redskins name on the air

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Case Summaries

Construction

[06/30] Decon Group, Inc. v. Prudential Mortgage Capital Co. LLC
Judgment in favor of plaintiff in a suit brought to foreclose its mechanic's lien, after the property at issue had been foreclosed upon and sold to a third party is reversed and remanded, where: 1) under well-established California law, the senior beneficiary's lien and title ordinarily do not merge when a deed in lieu of foreclosure is given if there are junior lienholders of record; 2) the foreclosure after acceptance of the deed from the property owner was therefore valid and eliminated all junior liens, including plaintiff's mechanic’s lien; and 3) the third party now owns the property free of all such junior encumbrances.

[06/23] Delon Hampton and Associates v. Superior Court
In a cross-action against cross-defendant, who provided design and construction services at a rail station operated by defendant Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), where plaintiff was injured, the trial court erred in denying cross-defendant's demurrer, where: 1) the defects alleged were patent; 2) the rail station was completed in 1993, plaintiff fell in 2011, and the complaint and cross-complaint were filed in 2012; 3) Code of Civil Procedure section 337.1 contains a four-year limitations period for patent defects, which bars defendant MTA's cross-complaint against cross-defendant.

[06/20] Ramona Equipment Rental, Inc. v. Carolina Casualty Insurance Co.
Judgment in favor of plaintiff in an action under the Miller Act alleging that a subcontractor on a federal project failed to pay for equipment rented on an open book account is affirmed, where: 1) plaintiff's notice of demand, served on the prime contractor within ninety days of the last day on which the plaintiff furnished the equipment, was timely as to equipment furnished more than ninety days before the notice; 2) if all the goods in a series of deliveries by a supplier on an open book account are used on the same government project, then the ninety-day notice is timely as to all of the deliveries if it is given within ninety days from the last delivery; and 3) the district court properly determined when plaintiff's duty to mitigate damages arose, as well as the award of contractual prejudgment interest.

[06/13] Regional Steel Corp. v. Liberty Surplus Ins. Corp.
Judgment entered in favor of defendant-insurer in an insurance coverage dispute is affirmed, where the trial court did not err in finding that defendant-insurer had no duty to defend plaintiff-insured against claims brought by the general contractor arising out of plaintiff-subcontractor's installation of defective steel framing in an apartment building the general contractor was constructing because: 1) the Wrap Endorsement did not eliminate the requirement that the claim occur during the retroactive period; 2) defective tie hooks do not constitute "Property Damage" for purposes of coverage analysis; and 3) the Impaired Property exclusion bars the possibility of coverage.

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