A retired couple in rural Contra Costa County had been in a simmering dispute with the owner of a neighboring cattle ranch for many years over property lines and water rights. After a series of settlement conferences, including one at the ranch, the matter was resolved.
Nearly 100 plaintiffs claimed that their homes were damaged due to toxic soil contamination from neighboring property that had been a railway station and later a site for machinery repair. This complex, multiparty action was resolved following extended settlement negotiations.
Neighbors in an upscale community could not agree on the location or the terms of an easement adjacent to their shared property line. After visits to the property and a great deal of work with the neighbors, a comprehensive agreement was reached.
Presided over a lengthy jury trial in a dispute between neighbors regarding their respective rights to a small parcel of land located on their boundary. After one side built a wooden deck and pergola in the disputed area, the other cut it in two with a chain saw while being filmed by a security camera. The case involved novel easement and equitable relief claims.
Conducted a bench trial after floods caused by a blocked drainage pipe and earthen channel resulted in damage to a number of homes. The case involved difficult issues related to the “Natural Watercourse Rule,” and was eventually affirmed on appeal. Contra Costa County v. Pinole Point (2015) 235 CA4th 914.
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