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March 22, 2011

Promissory estoppel seems like a simple concept yet it is largely misunderstood. Promissory estoppel can be triggered as a cause of action where a contract fails due to lack of consideration.

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February 23, 2011

The Court reaffirmed the rule that an employer who contracts with an independent contractor is not liable for injuries sustained by an independent contractor’s employees.

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Promissory Estoppel in California

March 22, 2011 by Joseph Creed

Promissory estoppel seems like a simple concept yet it is largely misunderstood.  Promissory estoppel can be triggered as a cause of action where a contract fails due to lack of consideration.  In the case of Garcia vs. World Savings FSB et al, handled by Mr. Creed, the Appellate Court in California found promissory estoppel was a valid cause of action when the Garcia’s relied on an oral promise to postpone foreclosure. In reliance on that promise by World Savings to postpone their sale date, the Garcias procured a high interest, hard money loan on another real property they owned free and clear. (more…)

Afoa v. Port of Seattle

February 23, 2011 by Aric Bomsztyk

2011 WL 612716—February 23, 2011

Here, the Court of Appeals-Division I reversed the trial court’s dismissal of the Plaintiff’s case at summary judgment.   Mr. Afoa worked for EAGLE who provided “aircraft ground handling services” under a “license agreement” with the Port of Seattle (Port).  Mr. Afoa claimed that the brakes failed on the vehicle he was driving which caused him to collide with a broken piece of equipment. (more…)