This case was filed by Bixby naming his former attorney as plaintiff. Within the complaint was an allegation that Bixby performed construction work for Brenner as an offset for legal fees. Brenner's answer to the complaint alleged Bixby lacked a contractors license and lacked standing to sue for those, and that Bixby did not pay legal fees due to inability to pay.
AS A FURTHER, SEPARATE AND AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE TO THE
23 COMPLAINT ON FILE HEREIN, AND TO EACH ALLEGED CAUSE OF ACTION
24 CONTAINED THEREIN, this answering defendant alleges that one plaintiff is not a
25 licensed contractor and another plaintiff has failed to comply with California's
26 Contractors License Law, including without limitation California Civil Code Business
27 & Professions Gode section 7159, and plaintiffs may not therefore maintain the
28 contract claims set forth in the Complaint.