Equitable Principles Alive And Well In Calif.

Law360, New York (January 9, 2013, 11:54 AM EST) -- It is easy for attorneys, particularly those practicing in statute-happy, case-law-heavy California, to overlook equitable principles. This is particularly true in the real property arena, where California has developed extensive and often unyielding rules governing real property transactions. However, two recent decisions involving forged deeds illustrate that, despite California’s well-settled real property rules, courts are willing to apply age-old equitable principles to real property disputes in order to ensure fair results.

In late November 2012, the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth District filed its...
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