Unlicensed Contractor Agrees to Drop Million Dollar Suit Against SpaceX
SpaceX hired Payne & Fears to defend a case brought by a former contractor seeking to collect on what it claimed were over $1 million in unpaid invoices. Payne & Fears asserted the contractor could not recover because it was unlicensed. The contractor tried avoid California’s strict licensing law, but the trial court rejected the plaintiff’s arguments.
In a published decision, the Court of Appeal affirmed that the contractor could not evade the licensing requirements. The appellate court did, however, permit the contractor to try to recover for items that did not require a license. Rather than pursue the case, the contractor walked away to avoid a cross-complaint by SpaceX seeking reimbursements for previous payments made for work requiring a license.
SpaceX was defended by Scott Luskin, Ben Nix, Bobby Matsuishi, and Erik Andersen (on appeal).
Practice areas: Business Litigation, Appellate Law (Business)
Attorneys: Benjamin A. Nix, Erik M. Andersen, Robert Tadashi Matsuishi, Scott O. Luskin