Bergman Dacey Goldsmith


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A closer look at the condemnation process

Without eminent domain, the United States would not look as it does today. No highway system would connect us across the country, and our national parks might be smaller. Our cities would certainly not look the same.

However, as essential as the use of eminent domain can be, the laws regulating it are often both complex and controversial. It is important for California entities exercising eminent domain to understand the condemnation process, so they can avoid such controversy.

Why do construction projects run behind schedule?

A construction project that runs behind schedule -- something that tends to happen fairly often -- can become problematic. It can even lead to a loss of revenue.

For instance, perhaps the building is intended to be a storefront. The owner wants to open in the summer to get the most foot traffic and the best exposure. However, delays mean they can't open until the winter because the construction project doesn't wrap up until the fall.

Los Angeles jury sides with pepper grower in heated business dispute

People who love spicy foods might not recognize their favorite Sriracha sauce by name, but they certainly recognize the green caps and rooster logo on bottles of the fiery sauce made from chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. What is less well-known is that the 30-year partnership between the sauce’s maker – Huy Fong Foods – and once exclusive supplier of the peppers used to make Sriracha – family-owned Underwood Ranches – has ended in a bitter legal dispute.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury recently awarded $23.3 million to Underwood after a month-long trial in the heated business lawsuit. The pepper-grower had claimed that Huy Fong breached its contract and committed fraud by misrepresenting and concealing information.

California employers may have to reevaluate worker classification

Once again, debates regarding worker classification could put California employers at risk. 

Classifying workers correctly is always a critical issue for employers to consider. However, recent events, such as the nationwide Uber driver strikes in May, have led more workers in many industries to question their work status. 

Mergers: Know what they are and how they work

As you may know, businesses are regulated by state and federal law. To make sure your business is doing everything by the books, it's a good idea to talk to your attorney and go over your business plan, taxation schedule, employment practices and other aspects of your business.

One thing that your business may want to do in the future is to complete a merger. If you're getting to the point where you want to merge with another business entity, then you need to make sure your attorney is on board to protect your interests.

BERGMAN DACEY GOLDSMITH Welcomes Matthew Hicks as Of Counsel

Mr. Hicks’ litigation practice focuses on construction, employment, business and contract disputes on behalf of public agencies and private sector clients. Mr. Hicks has extensive experience with full case management responsibility for a variety of federal and state court cases, including trial, arbitrations, mediations and administrative proceedings. Mr. Hicks has handled and advised public and private works owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties on private and public works construction related issues, including, preventative risk analysis, large dollar breach of contract claims, prosecution and defense of abandonment claims, extra work and/or change order claims, changed conditions and/or cardinal change situations, bid problems, prosecution and defense of delay, disruption and/or acceleration claims, prosecution of claims against design professionals, indemnity provisions, prosecution and defense of mechanic’s lien and stop notice claims, prosecution and defense of payment and performance bond claims, ADA and facilities access issues, prevailing wage claims and related labor issues, False Claims Act and construction defects. He is a Loyola Law School alumnus and is based in Los Angeles.


Bergman Dacey Goldsmith is proud to support the Hollenbeck Youth Center this holiday season with their 2018 Toy Drive. The Hollenbeck Youth Center and Inner-City Games Los Angeles creates opportunities for inner-city youth to participate in athletic, educational, cultural and community enrichment programs – building confidence and self-esteem in today’s youth for a brighter tomorrow. Since its creation, Hollenbeck has bettered the lives of thousands of our area’s children, many of whom have gone on to become exceptional athletes, students, professionals and citizens.

Shareholder Brian Bergman Named 2018 Ten Best Attorney in Real Estate Law

Bergman Dacey Goldsmith announces that shareholder, Brian Bergman, has been named a 2018 “10 Best Attorney” in Real Estate Law by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. This prestigious honor represents that Brian Bergman has attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his field of law and has done so with an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating. The American Institute of Legal Counsel honors attorneys that have achieved unparalleled success but most importantly have done so for the benefit of their client.

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