The Top Ten Real Property Cases of 2018
Star Lightner is senior counsel with Miller Starr Regalia. She is senior editor of Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 4th, and a contributing author of Chapter 11, "Holding Title," Chapter 19, "Landowners’ Liability," Chapter 31, "Construction Law and Contracting," Chapter 32, "Mechanics Liens," Chapter 33, "Defective Construction," and Chapter 38, "Discrimination." She also is the senior editor and principal author of the bi-monthly Miller & Starr Real Estate Newsalert, published by Thomson-West.
It is always challenging to select the top ten real estate cases for our annual overview. The past year saw a noticeable decrease in real estate decisions compared to other types of decisions, although the California Supreme Court did assist with a couple of late-December entries. Nevertheless, while there may have been fewer Supreme Court decisions and fewer decisions overall, the variety of real estate cases and diversity of facts therein always make the selection difficult. Thus, as in the past, several "related cases" as well as "honorable mentions" are included here.