June 15, 2024

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Da Vinci Apartments Developer Wins Round in Court Against Law Firm

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A law firm that sued the developer of the downtown Da Vinci Apartments project — seeking compensation for damage to their offices from a fire that broke out in 2014 while the units were under construction at a site adjacent to where the lawyers worked — lost a round in court when a judge dismissed one claim in the firm’s lawsuit.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Sotelo heard arguments May 26 in the suit brought by Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP against Geoffrey H. Palmer, and his company, GH Palmer Associates, during which Palmer sought dismissal of the law firm’s cause of action for strict liability for ultrahazardous activities.

The law firm alleged that Palmer engaged in an ultrahazardous activity by building a large, wood-framed structure in the dense urban environment of downtown Los Angeles, with significant risk of harm to neighboring property owners and tenants if a fire were to occur.

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