Weintraub Tobin Ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2021 “Best Law Firms”

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.

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Recent Federal Decision Regarding Business Interruption Insurance Could Mark a Turning Point for COVID-Affected Businesses (Updated 9/29/2020)

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.

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Louis Gonzalez, Jr. Named Best Lawyers© 2021 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Litigation-Real Estate in Sacramento

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.

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Recent Case Confirms Need for Landlords and Tenants to Address Force Majeure and COVID-19 in All Current and Future Agreements

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.

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Webinar - Don't Get Nailed: Tips to Help Builders Avoid Lawsuits

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.

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Frustration of Purpose: How Two WWII-era Cases Provide Guidance Regarding Lease Enforcement During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

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.

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Reopening Commercial Buildings: Guidelines and Legal Duties

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,

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Opportunity Zone Funds and Investors Get Relief in Light of COVID-19

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.

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