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Twenty-Nine Palms Enterprises Corp. v. Bardos, E051769

In an Indian tribal corporation's suit against a construction company seeking to recover money paid for constructing a road and parking lot for a casino, on the ground that defendant was unlicensed at the time of the contract, trial court's judgment in favor of the plaintiff is affirmed where: 1) defendant cannot rely on the sovereign immunity defense; 2) although the trial court erred in some of its evidentiary rulings, the error would not change the outcome on the summary judgment motion because defendant failed to present any evidence creating a triable issue of fact; 3) using the alter ego doctrine to allow defendant to borrow another company's license would be improper, because it is an equitable doctrine; 4) there is not a triable issue of fact on the issue of substantial compliance; and 5) the evidence reflects there is not a triable issue of related to equitable estoppel because the contradictions in the evidence was created by defendants.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/09/2012
  • Published 11/09/2012


  • Miller


  • California Court of Appeal


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