The governor signed Assembly Bill 1267 on 8/13/15 to address the issue of fraudulent liens and encumbrances. The bill revises existing law to prohibit a person from filing or recording, a lawsuit, lien, or other encumbrance against any person or entity, knowing that it is false, with the intent to harass the person or entity or to influence or hinder the person in discharging his or her official duties if the person is a public officer or employee. This bill would allow any person or entity subject to a lien or other encumbrance in violation of its prohibitions to petition the court directing the lien claimant to appear before the court. The bill would expand the requirement for a court to issue an order striking and releasing a lien or other encumbrance. The new law takes effect on 1/1/2016.
California – Legislation Enacted Addressing Fraudulent Lien Recording