Business Liability for COVID-19

As businesses continue to reopen across the country, many owners are asking whether they have any protection from patron-initiated COVID-19 lawsuits. The short answer is no. Until there is legislation or a government order granting immunity from such lawsuits, a business’s liability remains unchanged. They can be sued by any patron. However, in the state […]

Updated Emergency Order Regarding Unlawful Detainer Actions

We have received a lot of questions about the state of unlawful detainer (evictions) proceedings in California. A previous blog addressed Governor Newsom’s order about bringing post-COVID-19 unlawful detainer actions. That post described the order as setting a minimum standard for commencing unlawful detainer actions. It also stated that stricter measures could be imposed by […]

The Force Majeure Clause

The Intricacies of the Force Majeure Clause During this Pandemic

Before COVID-19 hit, most people couldn’t tell you the definition of a force majeure clause. Simply put, a force majeure clause excuses a party from performing under a contract, if their performance becomes implausible or impractical, because of some unforeseen or unanticipated event. These uncontrollable events are also known as “Acts of God”. Parties often […]

Notice of Unforseen Coronavirus Circumstances with a red "NOTICE" stamp overlayed.

UNDERSTANDING THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTOR’S “CORONAVIRUS ADDENDUM OR AMENDMENT” AND “NOTICE OF UNFORESEEN CORONAVIRUS CIRCUMSTANCES”

With the beginning of another week living “Safer at Home”, the California Association of Realtors (“CAR”) released the “Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment” (CVA). This is an update to the Coronavirus Addendum/Amendment released last week.  CAR also released a companion document entitled “Notice of Unforeseen Coronavirus Circumstances” (“NUCC”). Recently, we discussed the CVA and addressed its […]