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.