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Toronto: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Receives $125 Million, Covering 2 Martin Scorsese Films
Martin J. Barab [HAMRICK & EVANS, LLP] attorney for Emmett/Furla/Oasis, aids in negotiations of $125 Million with Belgian financier Corsan NV…

Nicolas Cage to Star in Action-Revenge Thriller ‘Tokarev’ for Hannibal Classics
“Tokarev” deal was negotiated by Rionda Del Castro and Martin J. Barab of Hamrick & Evans, LLP on behalf of Hannibal Classics…

January 24, 2014
Rutherford Holdings, LLC v. Plaza Del Rey Law360, New York
(January 24, 2014, 3:47 PM ET) — A California appeals court on Thursday breathed new life into real estate group Rutherford Holdings LLC’s attempt to recover a $3 million deposit on a mobile home park it ultimately did not purchase…

January 15, 2014 
Homeowners Insurer’s Denial Must Be Clear and Unequivocal to Terminate Tolling of Limitations Period
Homeowners insurance policies often include a contractual limitation requiring an insured to bring any lawsuit against the insurer within one year from the date of loss. The limitations period is tolled during the insurer’s claim investigation…

When is a food truck not a food truck? When it’s a kitchen!
In American State Ins. Co. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of America (Gomez), ___ Cal.App.4th ___ (2014), 2014 Cal.App. LEXIS 74 (Second Appellate District, filed 1/27/2014), Esmeragdo Gomez leased a food truck from Royal Catering Company. The truck was equipped with a specially designed deep fryer, among other things…

Pedestrian Killed by Underinsured Driver Not An “Insured” for Policy’s UM Benefits
The California Court of Appeal has ruled that, under the facts of the case presented, a pedestrian killed by an underinsured motorist was not an “insured” for purposes of Insurance Code section 11580.2 or the policy in question, thus supporting the insurer’s declination of coverage…

Tom Selleck Awarded Additional $75,000 in Punitive Damages After Buying Lame Horse
Tom Selleck added $75,000 in punitive damages to the $187,000 compensation he received for buying a lame horse in a September trial. (See “Court Awards Selleck $187,000 Over Horse Sales Dispute [3].”) Selleck bought a 10-year-old horse named Zorro for his daughter to ride in amateur competitions…

Darling v. McDonald’s Case
A $16.5 million damage award that McDonald’s Corp. was ordered to pay a former franchisee owner has the industry abuzz – not only about the fate of the appeal, but also about the repercussions… 

California court awards actor Tom Selleck $187,000 in lame horse sale dispute
Actor Tom Selleck, star of the popular 1980s television series Magnum, P.I., and several motion pictures (Three Men and a Baby, Quigley Down Under, Runaway, An Innocent Man and more), has been awarded $187,000 by a San Diego court in a dispute over a horse sale…

Injured Animal’s “Value” Not Based on “Traditional” Measure of Damages for Personal Property
To many, a family pet is more than an animal. Just consider that people spent over $4 billion last year on their animals’ food, medical care, toys, boarding and grooming. And most people wouldn’t (or couldn’t) even put a “price” on their pets if asked…

“Common Law” Principles of Subrogation Do Not Apply under CERCLA
A recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, Chubb Custom Insurance Company v. Space Systems/Loral, Inc., has held that an insurer cannot recover money it paid to its insured as “response costs” from any other potentially responsible party (“PRP”) where the insured did not first seek recovery of those costs from PRPs…

A. Raymond Hamrick, III: Understanding Sports and Entertainment Contracts (lawyers.com blog 2009)
In the simplest terms, a contract is a legally enforceable agreement that involves an exchange of promises—whether it involves money, services, or rights. Sports and entertainment contracts are no different. The Los Angeles Hamrick & Evans, LLP Attorneys at Law point out several important things to consider when signing a sports or entertainment contract… 

A. Raymond Hamrick, III: Construction Injuries (lawyers.com blog 2009)
You may drive by a busy construction job site and marvel at the activity. Giant, slow moving equipment, often covered in dirt and grime, construction workers clad in yellow hard hats and tool belts and lots of noise emanating from below ground. What you don’t often see or think about is how these construction workers face serious and often fatal risks when they report to the site each day…

Red Squad for Hannibal Classics – Martin Barab Executive Producer (2011 Hollywood Reporter)
The action film, based on a script by Jorge Suarez, is set to start production in the first quarter. Richard Rionda Del Castro will produce. Patricia Eberle, Doug Miller, Jeff Andrick, Martin Barab, Yasmine Brito and Suarez will executive produce.…

Barab tops American World Exec to handle int’l production, distribution(2006 Variety.com)
Martin Barab, who recently left his post running production for Bauer Martinez, has been named prexy of international production and distribution at American World Pictures

It Takes Courage and Strength and the Power of Conviction of One Voice to Right a Wrong by Richard Rionda Del Castro. An article about one “independent’s” victory for justice…

OSHA Statistics for Construction Site Injuries and Deaths by A. Raymond Hamrick
The statistics are alarming, but yet we shouldn’t be surprised. The daily risks and dangers that construction workers face are tremendous…

INDEPENDENT FILMS

Procuring financing for films is difficult, and has become even more challenging given the current economic climate.  The process becomes increasingly difficult when the project is independent and has no studio backing.  Sources for independent film financing include equity investors, individual investors, and pre-selling theatrical and non-theatrical distribution rights in exchange for financing.
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CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS

Construction defect litigation can be both costly and time intensive.  In July 2008, there was a dramatic development in construction defect law.  The California Supreme Court, in the case of Crawford v. Weather Shield Mfg., Inc., essentially held that for residential construction subcontracts dated before 2006, subcontractors have a duty to defend the developer-builder in lawsuits that are brought against both the developer and subcontractor for defects arising from the subcontractor’s alleged negligence.
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