HOLDINGS: -Claims against construction companies seeking disgorgement of compensation under Bus. & Prof. Code, § 7031, subd. (b), for work performed several years earlier while allegedly unlicensed were time-barred because disgorgement was a statutory penalty subject to the one-year statute of limitations in Code Civ. Proc., § 340, subd. (a), the claims accrued upon the completion of work and final payment for it, and the delayed discovery rule was inapplicable; -Whether or not a contractor concealed its general partner’s disassociation, license cancellation could not have occurred under Bus. & Prof. Code, § 7076, subd. (c), until the California State Licensing Board received written notice; -The contractors could recover attorney fees in accordance with Civ. Code, § 1717, because a fee provision using the phrase “because of the breach” applied broadly to disgorgement.
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