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Alatriste v. Cesar's Exterior Designs, Inc., D054761

In a homeowner's suit against defendant seeking reimbursement of the $57,500 he paid defendant for landscaping work under a statute allowing a party to recover "all compensation paid to an unlicensed contractor," trial court's judgment in favor of the plaintiff is affirmed where: 1) plaintiff's prior knowledge of defendant's unlicensed status does not bar his section 7031(b) reimbursement claim; 2) plaintiff is entitled to recover the total amount paid even though defendant was licensed during a portion of the work; and 3) plaintiff is entitled to recover payments for materials retained by him.

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  • Decided 04/06/2010
  • Published 04/06/2010

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  • California Court of Appeal

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