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Successful Defense of a Contractor Against the CSLB

Plumtree & Associates LLP is proud to announce that attorneys Maria Plumtree & Nick Brunner successfully defended a licensed contractor corporation against the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) in an administrative hearing (Accusation) wherein the CSLB, represented by the Attorney General, sought:

California Contractors State License Board (CSLB)

The CSLB alleged 24 disciplinary causes of action arising out of three separate construction projects. These disciplinary causes of action included:

The administrative hearing lasted over 12 days.  The CSLB presented 7 witnesses, which included homeowners, an industry expert, and a special investigator. Maria Plumtree & Nick Brunner put on a strong defense with their own witnesses, which included a private construction expert and a licensed inspector.

The contractor conceded minor violations which were not in dispute at the hearing.

Contractors License Not Revoked

Ultimately, the Administrative Law Judge dismissed all the disciplinary causes of action against the contractor except for four minor violations which were not in dispute. These violations were for (1) not having a proper home improvement contract and (2) not registering a salesperson as associated with the contractor at the start of a project. Thus, the CSLB failed to establish violations for any of the causes for discipline which were in dispute.

The Administrative Law Judge further ruled that contractor’s license was not to be revoked, suspended, or even placed on probation. The only discipline taken against the contractor was the publishing of an opinion stating that the CSLB only established four out of 24 alleged violations. The contractor is free to continue working without any restrictions.