Archive for May, 2016

Greenspan v. LADT LLC – Once and for All, a Trust Is Not an Entity (2016-5-26)

Sometimes a court provides a clear statement of the law.  Greenspan v. LADT LLC (2010) 191 Cal.App.4th 486 is one such opinion, providing a definite and authoritative answer to the issue of whether a trust is an entity – it is not. From the opinion. “Courts often speak of the alter ego doctrine as if […]

Jones v. Wachovia Bank – Limitation on Property Owner’s Ability to Testify Regarding Value (2016-5-12)

The decision in Jones v. Wachovia Bank (2014) 230 Cal.App.4th 935 reminds us that all opinion testimony must be supported by reasonable foundation.  The underlying complaint was based on an allegation “the bank breached an agreement to postpone the trustee sale and, by reason of that breach, plaintiffs lost their equity in the property.” The […]