A host of federal, state, and local laws prohibit discrimination in the residential (and commercial) landlord-tenant area. In the rental of “housing accommodations”, guide, signal or service dogs required by blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, or physically disabled tenants may not be prohibited, regardless of the landlord’s normal pet policies. Read more
On April 16, 2019, the Santa Barbara City Council approved ordinances requiring mandatory 12-month leases and “just cause” eviction. The City is working to finalize the proposed ordinances. The result will be that landlords generally cannot evict unwanted tenants based on the typical thirty-day or sixty-day notice. Read more
Attorney Michael P. Denver of Hollister & Brace, APC, along with attorney Robert L. Brace, have settled a class action filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles on behalf of people who purchased ATM machines sold by Nationwide Automated Systems, Inc. (“NASI”). Important information regarding the Settlement is available in the below-noted documents and hyperlinks.
The Settlement Agreement can be viewed here
The Court Order preliminary approving the Settlement Agreement can be viewed here
The Court-approved Short Form Notice regarding the Settlement can be viewed here
The Court-approved Long Form Notice regarding the Settlement can be viewed here
In keeping with the firm’s history of dedication to supporting our local community, Hollister & Brace is proud to support the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as a Sponsor in its 5th year of the popular and sold out “Santa Barbara Beer Garden” event. Read more
Hollister & Brace has filed a Class Action lawsuit against ZB, N.A., doing business as California Bank & Trust, (CB&T) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Read more
The Frank Crandall Community Service Award for 2016 has been presented to the firm of Hollister & Brace. Read more
Attorney Michael P. Denver of Hollister & Brace, APC, along with attorney Robert L. Brace, has filed a class action complaint in Federal Court in Los Angeles on behalf of people who purchased ATM machines sold by Nationwide Automated Systems, Inc. (“NASI”). Read more
Effective January 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law emergency legislation, (responsive to the California case, Marriage of Boblitt1) relating to discovery in family law post-judgment proceedings. Read more
The Montecito Family YMCA, a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA, has elected Michael Denver as chairman of the Board of Managers.
Denver joined the Montecito board in 2012. He is a shareholder at Hollister & Brace, where he specializes in business litigation.
In addition to the YMCA board, Denver also serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and is a member of the American Inns of Court.
“We are very happy to have Mike at the helm of our Board,” said Michael Yamasaki, executive director of the Montecito Family YMCA. “He brings an energy and civic-minded spirit to the Y and the community and I’m sure he’ll serve us well.”
Notwithstanding the exception for alter ego liability, many members of the public (and even the State Bar) believe that operating a business through an entity will protect the entity’s officers and directors from personal liability for negligence and other torts. Read more
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