December 16 2020
By Louis Gonzalez, Jr., Josh Escovedo, and Mark Ellinghouse
California Real Property Journal
This article was first published in Volume 38, No. 4, 2020 of the California Real Property Journal, reprinted by permission.
The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly affected contractual relationships in the real estate industry. This article discusses the most important legal defenses for practitioners to be aware of,
November 5 2020
SACRAMENTO, CA – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, has been recognized with numerous rankings in the 2021 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The tiered rankings are assigned to law firm practice groups by metropolitan area. Thousands of firms are considered and reviewed nationwide through a detailed evaluation process before U.S. News, and Best Lawyers® make selections for “Best Law Firms” rankings.
September 22 2020
by Josiah M. Prendergast, Mark E. Ellinghouse
Many businesses affected by COVID-19 and the related shelter-in-place orders are turning to their business interruption insurance policies in hope of finding relief. In general terms, a business interruption insurance policy replaces some or all of a business’s income when the business is forced to curtail or cease its operations as the result of a disaster. In the vast majority of cases, insurance companies have turned away COVID-related business interruption claims, claiming that these policies do not provide coverage for COVID-related claims.
September 15 2020
Sacramento, CA – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that Louis Gonzalez, Jr. was named Best Lawyers® 2021 Litigation- Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” in Sacramento. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location each year. The honor is awarded to the individual lawyer with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region.
September 10 2020
by Mark E. Ellinghouse
While the effects of the COVID-19 health crisis have impacted daily life for months, the legal implications of this pandemic are just starting to develop. Unforeseen conditions often wreak havoc on existing contractual relationships, which are typically based on factual assumptions that, due to unexpected conditions like COVID-19, may no longer be appropriate. Many parties work through these circumstances through negotiation, reconciling their previous expectations and current conditions with their desired outcome, but these negotiations aren’t always successful.
August 31 2020
Josh Escovedo is quoted in a recent Sacramento Business Journal article titled Holding Back The Flood. The article explains how commercial evictions and lawsuits are inevitable unless Congress acts soon to help businesses.
I think right now there’s a certain level of forced cooperation.
Read the full article on the Sacramento Business Journal website, here.
August 4 2020
On August 4, Weintraub Tobin lawyers Shauna Correia and Louis Gonzalez provided an overview of the most common types of lawsuits faced by builders and contractors – as well as possible new claims due to the COVID-19 health crisis – relating to employment, workplace safety, and construction contract disputes. This webinar was hosted by the North State Building Industry Association (BIA).
Please keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation and information is constantly being updated.
June 26 2020
by Mark E. Ellinghouse
Unlike the Great Recession in 2008, landlords and tenants responding to the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 health crisis appear to be focusing more on rent relief as opposed to strict interpretation and enforcement. Both sides seem to acknowledge that this downturn is driven by external, uncontrollable influences, and therefore each side should cooperate to weather the storm. It is the approach we most strongly encourage our clients to take, as it strengthens the relationship between landlord and tenant and avoids unnecessary expenditures on costly lease enforcement.
June 17 2020
by Shawn M. Kent
Landlords and property managers have massive amounts of guidance materials available to them as they prepare to reopen their properties. These materials detail many different things a property owner can do. In the face of this, the question being asked by many owners is: what are they actually required to do, what is their legal duty? Unfortunately, the answer is both fact- and circumstance-specific, taking into account the property and its users, as well as federal,
June 12 2020
On June 4, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2020-39 (Notice) which provides relief to qualified opportunity funds (QOFs) and their investors in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary, and more details follow below:
- Investors who otherwise would be required to reinvest capital gains into a QOF any time this year on or after April 1 now have until December 31, 2020 to reinvest such gains.