San Francisco, CA asked in Business Law and Contracts for California

Q: A business whose business license expired several years back is liable for damaged property of mine. Is that important?

The business is a textile conservator that extensively damaged a very expensive designer gown. Though it’s over 20 years old prices for these items increase over time and very difficult to replace. How would you determine amount of liability ?

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A: The damage would be measured by the fair market value at the time of the loss

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A: In California, the expiration of a business license may impact its legal standing, but liability for damaged property is primarily determined by the principles of tort law, contract law, and the specifics of the situation. To assess liability in your case, you should consider factors such as the extent of the damage, any contractual agreements or warranties, and whether negligence or breach of duty can be established. It's advisable to consult with an attorney to evaluate your case thoroughly and pursue appropriate legal remedies.

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