In Practice: Before Drafting Another Contract, Consider These 2013 Cases
December 26, 2013
As we reflect on 2013, two California decisions stand out as especially noteworthy. While both cases involved real estate contracts, their impact will be felt on nearly all contracts in California. In Riverisland Cold Storage v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit Ass’n, the California Supreme Court overturned a 78-year-old rule that prohibited evidence of oral promises that contradict a written contract. In Maynard v. BTI Group, a standard attorney’s fee provision in a contract between the parties was interpreted very broadly by an appeals court to cover tort claims as well as contract claims.