Real Property

GMSR’s clients have brought us the full gamut of real property issues, including lease disputes, lis pendens, title insurance, escrow and development agreements, and eminent domain. In protecting our clients’ interests on appeal, we have obtained important decisions in these and other areas.

Apr 26, 2018 Kent L. Richland, Jonathan H. Eisenman Related Cases
Colyear v. Rolling Hills Community Assn. of Rancho Palos Verdes (Apr. 23, 2018, B279198) [2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2724]

The client owns property in Rolling Hills, a community subject to a patchwork of covenants, conditions, and restrictions.  The defendants—the community’s homeowners association and several of its board members—took the position that a tree-trimming covenant applied to every property in the community, including the client’s. 

Mar 27, 2018 Robin Meadow, Jonathan H. Eisenman Related Cases
Wilson v. Southern California Edison Co. (2018) 21 Cal.App.5th 786

The plaintiff sued GMSR’s client, Southern California Edison, after renovations to her bathroom caused her to feel a slight tingle of electricity when she touched her showerhead, caused by neutral-to-earth voltage from a nearby Edison substation.  She won a $4 million jury verdict on multiple

Mar 27, 2018 Robin Meadow, Jonathan H. Eisenman Related Cases
GMSR wins second reversal in high-stakes nuisance lawsuit.

The plaintiff sued GMSR’s client, Southern California Edison, after renovations to her bathroom caused her to feel a slight tingle of electricity when she touched her showerhead, caused by neutral-to-earth voltage from a nearby Edison substation.  She won a $4 million jury verdict on multiple

Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc. v. Marazzo (Oct. 19, 2017, A143364) [2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7234]

Prometheus, a real estate developer, entered into an agreement with GMSR’s property-owner client that contemplated a residential development in Mountain View on the client’s property. Prometheus sued the property owner for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing after the property

Court of Appeal affirms judgment for GMSR’s client in real estate dispute.

Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc. v. Marazzo, et al. (unpublished, 1st Civ. A143364):  Prometheus, a real estate developer, entered into an agreement with GMSR’s property-owner client that contemplated a residential development in Mountain View on the client’s property. Prometheus sued the property owner for breach

Corona Summit v. Spuso5 Corona Summit, L.P., 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4633

GMSR obtains $66 million reduction of judgment and reversal of alter ego determination

Ginsberg v. Gamson (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 873

Court of Appeal reverses and directs entry of judgment for GMSR’s client in lease dispute, holding that lease was not perpetual

Apr 30, 2012 , Robin Meadow Related Cases
Court of Appeal reverses and directs entry of judgment for GMSR’s client in lease dispute, holding that lease was not perpetual

Ginsberg v. Gamson (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 873 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Eight) [published]. GMSR’s client, Gamson, leased a portion of a commercial building to Ginsberg for the operation of a vintage clothing store. Disputes arose from Ginsberg’s claims that she was

Murphy v. Hansen, 2009 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 6975

After GMSR’s client purchased a Malibu hilltop homesite together with essential access easements, a neighboring landowner challenged the easements’ existence. The multiple disputing parties in two lawsuits entered into a complex written settlement agreement involving transfers of land, easements, trust deeds, and cash—but then could

Burlington Coat Factory of Cal. v. Bella Terra Associates, 2008 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 9642

GMSR obtained a reversal of a judgment against a commercial tenant in a dispute over the interpretation of a real estate tax provision in the tenant’s lease. The trial court had found the provision unambiguous in requiring the tenant to pay a multiple of future

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