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Strategic Use of Discovery Statutes


Strategic use of the discovery statutes is something CSCG attorneys pride themselves on doing on a case-by-case basis. One such tool that recently proved to be extremely powerful is the Request for Admission (“RFA”). In June 2023, Mark Collinsworth tried a defamation case with co-counsel, Laila Khosroabadi. The firm’s client was accused of defaming another…

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Bifurcated Trial Victory


Recently, in Phase 1 of a bifurcated bench trial, partner, Mark Collinsworth, obtained a verdict finding that the firm’s client, an asphalt manufacturer, qualified as a “subcontractor” under California’s prompt payment statute (Public Contracts Code 10262.5).  Given the amounts at issue in this case, the additional interest (over and above the contractual interest of 1.5%…

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California Supreme Court confirms the Appellate Court published opinion of Gerlach v. K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Beaumont, LLC


The Supreme Court of California recently denied a request to overturn and depublish the Fourth Appellate District’s decision in Gerlach v. K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Beaumont, LLC, 82 Cal. App. 5th 303, 298 Cal. Rptr. 3d 356 (2022), which required evidence of a current or past violation of one of the codified construction performance…

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Appellate Court Victory for CSC&G Client


Fourth District Court of Appeals Issues Published Opinion Interpreting Scope and Application of SB 800 Performance Standards (Gerlach v. K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Beaumont, LLC, 2022 Cal. App. LEXIS 706*) Trial In February 2020, our office defended builder K. Hovnanian at trial in a case involving alleged construction defects at two homes in Riverside…

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Arbitration Agreements can be Modified!


An important case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 15, 2022, will likely impact California employers and their right to arbitrate individually with employees who make wage and hour claims, instead  of having these PAGA claims be subject to class actions. Background The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its ruling in the Viking…

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