Laura Nash has 30 years of experience representing surety companies in the evaluation, resolution and litigation of a variety of surety matters. In her practice Ms. Nash’s has addressed matters relating to public and private payment and performances bonds, subdivisions bonds, fiduciary bonds, license and permit bonds, civil litigation bonds and other miscellaneous bonds. She has represented clients at the trial court and appellate court levels. Ms. Nash was the attorney on the prevailing side in two published California decisions. She has also assisted clients in insurance regulatory matters. Ms. Nash’s focus in all disputes is the effective representation of the client to achieve the desired result.
Great West Contractors, Inc. v. WSS Industrial Construction, Inc. , 162 Cal.App.4th 581 (Cal.App. 2008) Defended surety against a claim by a contractor seeking payment under a statutory public works payment bond. The Court of Appeal ruled that plaintiff's failure to comply with the strict licensing requirements imposed by statute on California contractors precluded the plaintiff from recovering in the action. Based upon the ruling, the surety had no liability to the plaintiff.
Nissho of California, Inc. v. Bond Safeguard Insurance Co., 220 Cal.App.4th 974 (Cal.App. 2013) Represented Amicus Curiae, a surety trade association, concerning a claim by a landscape contractor seeking payment on seven statutory subdivision map act labor and material bonds regardless of the scope of work delineated in the titles of the labor and material bonds. The Court of Appeal agreed with Amicus Curiae that the landscape contractor’s recovery was limited to the one bond for offsite landscaping. The trial court award to the landscape contractor was reversed and remanded with directions for the trial court to determine the amount of damages the landscape contractor could prove limited to the penal sum of the single landscape labor and material bond. The Court of Appeal further agreed with Amicus Curiae that subcontractors do not have a right to recover attorney fees under labor and material bonds issued pursuant to the California Subdivision Map Act, affirming the trial court’s judgment denying the landscape contractor’s motion for attorney fees.
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