Insurance & Reinsurance
Laura Nash has over 30 years of experience representing surety clients in the evaluation, resolution, and litigation of a variety of surety matters, including public and private payment and performance bonds, subdivision bonds, fiduciary bonds, civil litigation bonds, and license and permit bonds. She has also advised surety clients on regulatory matters.
Laura works with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, providing legal representation to caregivers willing to care for minors whose parents cannot care for them by establishing them as the minors’ legal guardians.
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.
Defeated motion for judgment on the pleadings and motion for summary judgment in fraud action brought on behalf of insurer in fraud action against former insured arising from the former insured’s misrepresentations to gain coverage on a USD 1 million crime policy.
Insurance & Reinsurance