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All’s fair in love and landscaping

George and Fred had been friends and neighbors for 18 years. George had a reputation in the hood as the “handy man.” He had worked for a number of years for a general contractor, doing all sorts of jobs, from plumbing to designing and installing outdoor barbecues and...

Sometimes the small print can save the little guy

Our own little Awesometown has hit the big time, legally speaking. One of the newer additions to Auto Row has been fighting a legal claim that has found itsway to the California Court of Appeal. Mercedes-Benz of Valencia (whose real name is Valencia Holding Company...

A look at the appearance of conflicts

Recently, there’s been a brewing controversy over some alleged conflicts of interest with members of the William S. Hart Union High School Board. Some folks contend that since member Gloria Mercado-Fortine works for one corporation (Desert Sands Charter High School)...

Bad checks and possible remedies

My client Jim owns Lubricate This, a local oil and lube shop, which provides super-quick oil changes, and free shoe shines to its waiting patrons. Jim called me. He had had enough. He had been stiffed again with a bad check. In the past month, one customer paid with a...