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TVA June 2017 Newsletter

Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped, but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment. —Mark Twain Let me write the songs of a nation, and I care not who writes its laws. —Scottish politician Andrew Fletcher If law, like politics, is downstream from culture, get ready for some backflow: the Supreme Court’s reviled 2005 eminent-domain decision Kelo v. New London is now a motion picture. Korchula Productions’ Little Pink House — referring to Suzette Kelo’s home taken by her city and given to Pfizer Corp — premiered in February at the Santa Barbara Read More

TVA May 2017 Newsletter

[The courts] may truly be said to have neither force nor will, but merely judgment….” —Alexander Hamilton, Federalist no. 78 On behalf of our deserving and longsuffering client, my firm recently won reversal of a $5.1 million judgment that was given to a successor trustee on a missing promissory note. Missing, as in, the trustee had never seen it, and never even thought to look for it — though his predecessor did make off with at least $2 million in trust assets (not including later funneling cash to Liechtenstein and spending a night in jail for contempt). This resulted in Read More

TVA Successfully Reverses $5.1 Million Judgment on a Missing Promissory Note

TVA’s client Bill Dohr gave a $15 million promissory note to buy a real-estate development company from his partner and father-in-law, Bob Lintz. Given their close ongoing business and personal relationship — and because the California real-estate market in the early 2000s was flowing with milk and honey — the parties were not terribly concerned with documenting the payments on the note. But after Lintz’s health declined, his fourth ex-wife and then fifth wife (long story) usurped control of the trust, stole millions from Lintz, and sued Bill on the note, in a case styled Shapiro v. Dohr, et al. Read More

David Beats Goliath: TVA recovers client’s investment and return from non-performing developer

In the heady last days of the real estate boom, before what became known as the Great Recession, investors were lured into what appeared to be guaranteed deals with promises of high returns and low risk. As we all learned, there is no such thing as a guaranteed real estate deal.In August 2007, a developer sought investors for a commercial project in Orange County. TVA’s client, Jerry Fuller, and two other family members, invested $700,000 in exchange for a promise that their money would be repaid in two years plus a guaranteed 32% return. As further inducement, the developer personally Read More

TVA Wins Mandatory Injunction Against Shell Pipeline Company

TVA’s clients bought a 138-acre parcel across the street from Meadows Field airport, a property hoped to be the “window to the city” of Bakersfield. When undisclosed Shell and Chevron pipelines were found and they refused to relocate them, however, development ground to a halt. After several months of stalemate, this “window” property showed nothing but the power pipeline operators wield in Kern County. TVA sued the operators in federal court for the Eastern District of California in C & C Properties, Inc., et al., v. Shell Pipeline Co., et al. TVA immediately moved the court for a preliminary injunction Read More