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Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was clearly extended to protect Jews as “a nationality”.  However, while thousands of year ago that may be a true statement, perhaps as early as King Solomon’s time, Jews have lived in other nations.  Today, and for hundres, if not over two thousand years, Jews do not consider themselves a nationality, a religion and perhaps a culture.  The policy is that “Discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI violation when the discrimination is based on an individual’s race, color, or national origin.”  It seems the impetus was this…
Does this Federal Court’s ruling mean that Jews are “not white”?  Shaare Tefila Congregation v. Cobb, 481 U.S. 615 (1987) The U.S. Supreme Court held in a case where a synagogue was painted with anti-Semitic slogans  and symbols, a lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court, alleging that the desecration violated 42 U.S.C. § 1982. The trial court dismissed petitioners’ claims, and the Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that discrimination against Jews is not racial discrimination under § 1982.  This law was enacted as part of the 1866 Civil Rights Act.  42 USC §1982 provides: All citizens of the United…
The home owner should make sure the contract contains an “option to terminate—time of the essence” clause. In Call v. Alcan Pac. Co., 251 Cal. App. 2d 442  (3d Dist. 1967) the court considered such a clause. This type of clause provides that if the contractor does not prosecute the work diligently, the owner may give written notice, and that if the contractor does not then resume work in a diligent manner, the owner may take over the job. The owner, with such a contract clause, has what amounts to an option to terminate the contract if the contractor delays…
Logically, the 4 year statute of limitations of Civil Code §387(1) applies to breach of a promissory note secured by a deed of trust.  But foreclosure on the deed of trust is not limited to the “normal” statute of limitations.  In Trenk v. Soheili, (Dec. 2020) B295434, (Los Angeles County Super. Ct. No. PC058343), the court analyzed the 10/60 year rule of Civil Code ╘880.020.  In 2001 a lawyer was sued for malpractice, he settled in 2003 agreeing to pay $100,000 secured by a deed of trust on his community property house.  The promissory note gave him three years to…
The mail box rule survives.  Many leases, including the AIR leases, provide that notices are “deemed given” if they are “addressed as required herein and mailed with postage prepaid.” This case involved a certified mail letter, which does not require handing it to the post man, just “mailing it”.  The result is all a landlord or tenant needs to prove is that they mailed the letter, NOT actual receipt.  See Jenkins v. Tuneup Masters (1987) 190 Cal.App.3d 1
In the 9th Circuit case of Garvin vs. Cook, 922 F.3d 1031 (9th Cir. 2019)  the BAP affirmed the bankruptcy court’s order confirming a chapter 11 plan, over the objection of the United States Trustee, who objected because one of the chapter 11 debtors leased property to a tenant who grew marijuana.   The objection was that the chapter 11 debtor planned to use income from that lease to fund the plan.  The United States Trustee argued the lease violated federal drug law – namely, the Controlled Substances Act – therefore the plan was unconfirmable under Section 1129(a)(3) because it was…
Mediate cases early, e.g. within the first few months of litigation!   It behooves all parties to settle the case BEFORE the attorney’s and clients ascertain the facts or law supporting or detracting from their case.  This sounds heretical, but most lawyers are lazy and do not begin to research their case until before a substantive hearing, mediation or trial.  Most lawyers only learn the facts of a case during a deposition, or mediation, when they are forced to sit and listen to their client (or the opposing party) speak. You attract more flies with honey than vinegar.  Be nice to…
January 1, 2021, the new Civil Code § 2924f Click here for text of AB1079 and Civil Code 2924f prohibits bundled residential foreclosure packages to be sold. Sometimes lenders as part of the foreclosure would at auction bundle several properties together selling them to a single buyer. The new law requires foreclosed homes to be sold individually to give people who want to actually live in the home a fair chance at buying it. Special notices (forms) are now required and after the initial bids at the foreclosure auction are received, tenants, families, local governments, affordable housing nonprofits, and community…