Archive for April, 2011

McMackin v. Ehrheart – The Canary Swallows the Cat (2011-4-17)

In McMackin v. Ehrheart (April 8, 2011) 2011 DJDAR 5122, the court of appeal held that a Marvin-based palimony claim under California law could be asserted against an estate more than three years after the decedent’s death.  We remark on the extent to which the law is willing to allow a person to make a […]






Historic Roots of the English Legal System (2011-4-12)

Scholars trace the creation of the English common law to the second half of the 12th century, at the time of Henry II.  Explains Belgian scholar Raoul Van Caenegem in The Birth of the English Common Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 1973), “the Common Law of England – so different from the jus commune or common […]






The Historical Roots of Eviction Law (2011-4-1)

The law of eviction, or unlawful detainer, has roots that extend back hundreds of years.  Here in California, where everyone has the opportunity to make a fresh start, we sometimes forget the past and how it affects our laws. Yet in eviction, which is properly referred to as “unlawful detainer,” the historical underpinnings are quite […]