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California Supreme Court Voids Jury Trial Waivers

By Doug Van Gessel On August 4 the California Supreme Court ruled, in Grafton Partners v. Superior Court (Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP), 2005 DJDAR 9387 that California contractual provisions in which the parties thereto pre-agree to waive the right to a trial by jury are unenforceable. The unanimous opinion stated that a right to a jury … Continue Reading

Out of Form: Special Considerations in Biotech Leasing

In order to negotiate a successful lease agreement for a biotechnology laboratory facility (“biotech lab”), landlords and tenants should evaluate the nature of their concerns, adopt a cooperative attitude, and avoid relying on traditional “form leases” better suited to leases for general office space. Biotech lab leases differ from leases for general commercial office space … Continue Reading

A Subtenant’s Guide to Subleasing

By Doug Van Gessel The sudden and dramatic reversal in the financial condition of many high-tech companies, and the ensuing softening of the local commercial real estate market, has led to a flood of sublease space on the commercial real estate market. Although this flood represents a potential economic windfall for those seeking to occupy … Continue Reading

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