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Gregory Mase Joins Ericksen Arbuthnot to Head Appellate Practice

Ericksen Arbuthnot is pleased to welcome Gregory A. Mase as our newest partner and the head of our Appellate Practice Group. He is resident in the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. He has focused on civil appellate law for more than thirteen years, handling appeals in the state and federal courts of California. He has argued successfully before the California State Appellate Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Lois Lindstrom and Sharon Hightower Named San Francisco Women Leaders in the Law

Lois Lindstrom Sharon Hightower

In recognition of Women's History Month, American Lawyer Media is celebrating women attorneys who have achieved leadership status in their field by naming them Women Leaders in the Law. Lois Lindstrom, in the Oakland office, and Sharon Hightower, in the San Jose office, have achieved this distinction.
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Settling Around Express Indemnity: Bobrow/Thomas Revisited

Geoff Wood

Is it possible for a subcontractor to settle with a plaintiff around a cross-complainant’s claim for express contractual indemnity? Conventional wisdom holds that express contractual indemnity claims will always survive a motion for a determination of good faith settlement because a determination of a good faith settlement(Code Civ. Proc. §877.6) only eliminates cross-complaints for equitable indemnity and contribution.
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Recent Appellate Opinion Expands Duties of Commercial Real Estate Brokers Representing Buyers

The recent appellate case of Saffie v. Schmeling (E055716, 4th District Court of Appeal, March 7, 2014) suggests that a buyer’s broker has an affirmative duty to investigate whether a parcel is suitable for the commercial plans of the buyer and whether the local government regulations prohibit the buyer’s anticipated land use. On the other hand, the court found that the seller’s broker had a more limited duty in this context.
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To maximize efficiency and accountability, we limit the number of attorneys who work on your case.


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