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July 1, 2022

When Logic And Proportion Fall: Do Policy Objectives Override Common Rules Of Conveyancing For Conservation Easements?

The Second District Court of Appeal’s decision in Canyon Vineyard Estates I, LLC v. DeJoria1 (see summary at page 544, below) sidesteps several potentially troublesome conveyancing issues by focusing on the statutory authorization for “conservation easements” and giving only limited attention to more prosaic principles of traditional California real property law. 

January 5, 2022

No Relief For The Inn: Business Income Losses Due To Government’s Covid-19 Shutdown Orders Are Not “Physically Caused” By Covid-19 So Not Covered By Standard Commercial Property Insurance

Addressing an issue of first impression in California, the Court of Appeal for the Second District has confirmed that businesses compelled to cease operations as a result of governmental directives issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic cannot look to their property insurance carriers to cover the lost business income.