Thursday, June 06, 2013

Rony v. Costa (Cal. Ct. App. - Oct. 26, 2012)

There's not much of note today; indeed, there's nothing at all new published by the Ninth Circuit or the California Court of Appeal.  The only thing of even potential interest is a decision from the California Surpeme Court, but unless you're a doctor getting kicked out of a hospital -- or interested in those sort of things -- that doesn't exactly get one's blood boiling.

So I thought I'd go back a bit.  And mention that I like what the Court of Appeal did here.  I think it's right on the law.  I also think it's equitable.

It also delivers a message to homeowners.  If you get your trees cut, do it with someone licensed.  For all the reasons identified herein.  Plus a plethora of others.  Don't just hire a day laborer.

The Court of Appeal cuts down somewhat on the adverse consequences of failing to heed this advice; i.e., you don't necessarily have to pay attorney's fees.  But there nonetheless remain substantial good reasons to make sure that the guy who cuts your trees has a license to do so.

Word to the wise.  Better late than never.