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Peter Scott Bauman

Peter Bauman’s Legal Guides

21 total

  • Control Of Toxic Substances By Regulators Criticized In California

    A report by Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group, charges that Californias Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is failing in its mission to protect Californians and the environment from public harm, concluding that the state has some of the toughest environmental laws i...

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  • Newhall Ranch Development Continues to Attract Controversy

    The Valencia Water Company, which serves 115,000 people in the Santa Clarita Valley, was purchased by the Castaic Lake Water Agency on December 21, 2012, effectively transferring ownership of the private company to a public agency. But two area environmental groups challenged the...

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  • New Real Estate Disclosure For Commercial Leases In California Starts July 1, 2013

    All commercial property lease and rental agreements in California that are executed on July 1, 2013 or later, must disclose whether a Certified Access Specialist has inspected the property. This new disclosure is required under Civil Code Section 1938. If such an inspection has o...

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  • Piecemeal Review of Projects Under CEQA

    The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that an environmental impact report (EIR) be prepared for any project a public agency plans to approve or carry out that may have a significant impact on the environment. As the 4th District Court of Appeal recently noted i...

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  • Contribution Between Insurance Carriers And The Duty To Defend

    In St. Paul Mercury Insurance v. Mountain West Farm Bureau, 210 Cal. App. 4th 645 (10/25/12), the California Court of Appeal addressed the duty of an insurance carrier to defend a general contractor named as an additional insured under a subcontractors insurance policy in a const...

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  • Best Practices in Drafting Corporate Shareholder Agreements

    Corporate shareholder agreements are vital for many companies with more than one shareholder, especially non-public companies with a limited number of persons owning shares. The shareholder agreement typically details the rights and obligations of the shareholders with respect to...

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  • Daubert Standard For Expert Testimony Almost Applied In California

    The standard for admitting expert scientific testimony in a federal trial under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was established in the case ofDaubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical (US Supreme Court, 6/28/93), then extended to all expert testimony, not just scientific evidenc...

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  • The Common Law Release Rule Meets Its Demise In California

    California Code of Civil Procedure Section 877 (CCP 877) modified what is commonly referred to as the common law release rule. Prior to 1957, that rule held that the release of one tortfeasor given by a plaintiff had the effect of releasing all tortfeasors from further liabil...

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  • Laying Foundation for Meta Data and Websites

    A growing trend in litigation is the need to introduce electronically stored information (ESI) as evidence. ESI may, among other things, include website content or metadata. Metadata is electronic data that provides information about other ESI, such as when it was revised an...

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  • Los Angeles Approves Development of Valet Parking Permitting Scheme

    Valet parking operators in Los Angeles will have to file a permit and comply with guidelines to be set forth in a City ordinance under a proposal unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council on December 5, 2012. The proposal was moved by Councilman Eric Garcetti and Wendy...

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