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An act of ‘Love thy Neighbor’ began with ridicule

An act of ‘Love thy Neighbor’ began with ridicule

By Jennifer Felten Last month, 75-year-old Leonard Bullock was the recipient of a kind gesture by one of his neighbors. The neighbor, Josh Cyganic, had waved to Leonard every morning for about 4 years as he walked by on his daily route to work. The two had never spoken until Josh overheard a couple teenager […]

Developer temporarily off the hook for alleged faulty construction

Developer temporarily off the hook for alleged faulty construction

By Jennifer Felten McMillin Albany LLC et al., v. The Superior Court of Kern County The case results for a lawsuit filed by the owners of 37 homes constructed by a developer,  alleging eight causes of action, including strict products liability, negligence, and breach of express and implied warranty. They alleged the homes were in […]

California Passes Bill to Clarify New Paid Sick Leave Rules

California Passes Bill to Clarify New Paid Sick Leave Rules

By Jennifer Felten Last year, California passed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. It went into effect on July 1, 2015, and has now been quickly amended as issues with implementation have arisen. The revisions were passed on July 13th as AB 304 with the intent of clarifying the law for employers and […]

Jury dings escrow company 1.9 million for San Luis Obispo real estate Ponzi scheme

Jury dings escrow company 1.9 million for San Luis Obispo real estate Ponzi scheme

By Jennifer Felten Liddell v. Cuesta Title Company In 2012, Kelly Gearhart, a real estate developer, pled guilty to 2 counts of wire fraud and 1 count of money laundering, related to a Ponzi scheme in which he defrauded investors of more than $14 million. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Gearhart filed […]

Two real estate fraud cases: One person sentenced–another pleas guilty

Two real estate fraud cases: One person sentenced–another pleas guilty

Kern County resident Gina Marie Hernandez (DOB 9/24/77) was sentenced to two years eight months in state prison for recording a false document. Hernandez, along with Kern County residents Hayser Scarlett Lopez (DOB 10/17/68) and Peggy Ann Soto (DOB 7/9/59), was arrested in October 2014 after an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Real Estate […]

Real Estate: Wongs finally get it ‘right’ in court battle

Real Estate: Wongs finally get it ‘right’ in court battle

By Jennifer Felten Wayson and Susanna Wong (“Buyers”) bought a hillside home in San Carlos for $2.35 million from Ira and Toby Stoler (“Sellers”) in May of 2008. Before the close of escrow, the Sellers provided the Buyers with a transfer disclosure statement completed in 2002 by the prior owners, an updated 2008 transfer disclosure […]

New Water Heater Standards to Impact Homeowners

New Water Heater Standards to Impact Homeowners

By Jennifer Felten . In 1987, Congress enacted the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (“NAECA”), which regulates energy consumption of specific household appliances. NAECA creates uniform efficiency standards for certain household appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers and water heaters. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy, pursuant to NAECA, issued a Final […]

Godfather of Soul–Family Feud over James Brown estate

Godfather of Soul–Family Feud over James Brown estate

By Jennifer Felten In 2006, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, passed away. The very next day a public feud began when his purported wife, Tomi Rae Hynie, returned to the family estate only to find padlocks on the gates and security personnel guarding the property. The validity of Hynie’s marriage to Brown, and the […]

Beauty is in the eye of the behold, even if it’s a melting house…seriously?

Beauty is in the eye of the behold, even if it’s a melting house…seriously?

By Jennifer Felton An artist in London has generated a lot of attention by building a two story house in the middle of town that is slowly melting away. Erected as part of the art exhibit known as the Merge Festival, the house went up at the end of September and has been slowing melting […]

Family Claims to Have Been Tricked into Buying House Full of Poisonous Spiders

Family Claims to Have Been Tricked into Buying House Full of Poisonous Spiders

By Jennifer Felten “It was shortly after we moved in they started bleeding out of the walls,” recalls Brian Trost, the father of a family whose dream home turned into a nightmare. The “they” he is referring to are brown recluse spiders, a type of spider that is considered highly dangerous as their venom can […]

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