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In this edition of War Story Wednesdays, San Francisco real estate and insurance bad faith trial attorney Christopher Hanson tells the story of  a genuine (or was it a genuine imitation?) Julia Morgan house. (Adapted from Jue v. Smiser, 23 Ca.App.4th 312)

By Christopher Hanson. I’m an experienced trial lawyer, not just a litigator. I’m not afraid of (and actually enjoy) being in a courtroom.  I’ve been called ingenious, tenacious, and strategic.  I’ll take those accolades





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"The Julia Morgan House"

  1. Great video thank you

  2. Jason Johnson says:

    Interesting case. Do you know the damages awarded?

  3. Jason Johnson says:

    Thanks for sharing the case. Do you know what damages were awarded?

  4. Thanks for sharing case. Do you know what damages were awarded?

  5. Hmmm. I am not an attorney so I can only look at this from what I consider to be a logical perspective. While I have no doubt that the assertion of the house being "authenticated" was wrong (accidental or intentional?) and that the buyer may have been tricked into not making the purchase contingent on the sale of their house (NOT to mention giving the agent the listing of the buyer's house), the original issue (authentication) seems to have been corrected even if late, allowing the buyer to back out. The fact that their house was sold complicates the situation but can hardly be used as an excuse to follow through on the purchase. The buyer was wronged but the question is to what extent were their actions and therefor the results "voluntary"? So, I agree there was an "injury" needing to be addressed but I think the buyer bore some responsibility for their decision making.

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