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2020.08.06 Motion to Compel Deposition 968
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.08.06
Excerpt: ...he Motion demonstrates that Defendant served Plaintiff with a Subpoena on April 21, 2020, scheduling his oral deposition on May 1, 2020. (Droege Decl., ¶¶ 9-10 and Exh. F.) "Personal service of any deposition subpoena is effective to require all of the following of any deponent who is a resident of California at the time of service: (1) Personal attendance and testimony, if the subpoena so specifies. (2) Any specified production, inspection, te...
2020.08.05 Demurrer 481
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.08.05
Excerpt: ...knowledge of a long history of violence at the San Leandro BART station; 2) the parking lot was inadequately lit; 3) the landscaping in the parking lot was improperly maintained; and 4) the security staff at the parking lot was inadequate. (FAC, p. 4.) LEGAL STANDARD "A demurrer tests the legal sufficiency of the factual allegations in a complaint." (Redfearn v. Trader Joe's Co. (2018) 20 Cal.App.5th 989, 996.) The Court must determine "whether t...
2020.07.30 Motion to Compel Further Responses 935
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.07.30
Excerpt: ...efendant FFE Transportation Services ("FFE"). Two discovery motions are presently before the Court, both involving Plaintiff's request to inspect one of the tires from the tractor involved in the accident. On May 28, 2020, Plaintiff filed a motion to compel further response and production of tangible item, seeking an order requiring Defendant to produce for inspection one of the tires on the tow truck that allegedly caused the accident. On July 2...
2020.07.30 Demurrer 150
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.07.30
Excerpt: ...) Following the accident, Plaintiff released his vehicle to Defendant with the expectation that the vehicle would be repaired. (FAC, para. 4.) At some point, it appears Defendant attempted to return the vehicle to Plaintiff. (FAC, para. 8 (alleging Farmers "threaten[ed] to drop off plaintiff's vehicle at his place of residence.") LEGAL STANDARD "A demurrer tests the legal sufficiency of the factual allegations in a complaint." (Redfearn v. Trader...
2020.07.23 Demurrer 429
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.07.23
Excerpt: ...s she purchased audio equipment from Sonos "starting in 2015." (Complaint, para. 8.) Plaintiff alleges the equipment had a variety of defects and that "[o]ver the last four years Plaintiff has needed to call tech support likely in excess of 50 times." TIMELINESS OF DEMURRER The Complaint in this matter was served on Defendant on February 21, 2020. The deadline for Defendant to file a responsive pleading fell after the Court was closed as a result...
2020.07.16 Demurrer 896
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.07.16
Excerpt: ...he Court assumes "the truth of the properly pleaded factual allegations, facts that reasonably can be inferred from those expressly pleaded and matters of which judicial notice has been taken." (Id.) "As a general rule in testing a pleading against a demurrer the facts alleged in the pleading are deemed to be true, however improbable they may be." (Del E. Webb Corp. v. Structural Materials Co. (1981) 123 Cal.App.3d 593, 604.) Courts "give the com...
2020.07.09 Motion to Tax Costs 057
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.07.09
Excerpt: ... a C.C.P. section 998 offer to compromise of $329,999. (Mariveles Decl., para. 10.) Plaintiff now seeks to recover costs as the prevailing party in this matter. Defendant objects to certain costs, as discussed in detail below. LEGAL STANDARD In awarding costs, a trial "court's first determination ... is whether the statute expressly allows the particular item, and whether it appears proper on its face. If so, the burden is on the objecting party ...
2020.07.09 Motion for Attorney's Fees 057
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.07.09
Excerpt: ... the Parties, finding Plaintiff twenty percent liable and Defendant eighty percent liable. Plaintiff now seeks to recover the attorney's fees she incurred following Defendant's denial of two RFAs propounded by Plaintiff. Plaintiff asserts Defendant's denial was unreasonable given the evidence available to Defendant and that -- but for Defendant's denials -- Plaintiff would not have been required to prove Defendant was liable during the trial. The...
2020.07.07 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 841
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.07.07
Excerpt: ... contains the following causes of action against the Owner Defendants: 1) retaliation in violation of Hayward Rent Ordinance (the "Ordinance" or "HRO") section 12 and Civil Code section 1942.5; 2) disability discrimination in violation of Government Code sections 12900-12996 (California Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"); 3) violation of Civil Code section 1940.2; 4) violation of Civil Code section 1941.1; 5) breach of contract; 6) breach o...
2020.07.02 Demurrer 563
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.07.02
Excerpt: ...Upon Sale ("TDUS"), attached to the Complaint as Exhibit 5 and incorporated by reference. Accepting the allegations in the Complaint as true, Plaintiff became the legal owner of the Property on 8/9/19. Defendant Russell Robinson demurrers to each cause of action in the Complaint on the grounds that Plaintiff is not the "real party in interest in this matter" by virtue of a Corporate Assignment Deed of Trust ("CADOT") recorded on August 21, 2019 g...
2020.06.30 Motion for Summary Judgment 089
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.30
Excerpt: ...osition to the Motion. After consideration of Plaintiff's opposition papers, and all of the evidence before the Court, IT IS ORDERED: The Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Defendants Metromile Insurance Services, LLC and National General Assurance Company ("Defendants") is GRANTED. LEGAL STANDARD A defendant moving for summary judgment meets its burden of proof of showing that a cause of action has no merit if that party shows that ... there i...
2020.06.30 Motion to Compel Arbitration 377
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.30
Excerpt: ...interference with Plaintiff's business interests. Defendants answered the Complaint on February 15, 2019 and thereafter the Parties engaged in discovery. Plaintiff sought a Protective Order, which was granted over Defendants' opposition. This Motion to Compel Arbitration was filed on behalf all Defendants on February 27, 2020. In their moving papers, Defendants varyingly characterize this Motion as one to compel arbitration and one to compel disc...
2020.06.30 Motion to Quash 446
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.30
Excerpt: ...of Records for Big Joe Handling Systems, on February 13, 2020; and (3) Deposition Subpoena for Production of Business Records served on the Custodian of Records for Old Republic Home Protection, on February 13, 2020. (See Decl. of Deborah Gutierrez, Exh. A.) Each of these subpoenas seek documents and records pertaining to Plaintiff's employment at her current employer and two of her former employers, including: job applications, performance evalu...
2020.06.18 Motion to Tax Costs 130
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.18
Excerpt: ...termination ... is whether the statute expressly allows the particular item, and whether it appears proper on its face. If so, the burden is on the objecting party to show them to be unnecessary or unreasonable." (Benach v. County of Los Angeles (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 836, 855 [citations omitted].) To be awarded, such costs must be "reasonably necessary to the conduct of the litigation rather than merely convenient or beneficial to its preparatio...
2020.06.18 Motion for Reconsideration 253
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.18
Excerpt: ...o "state by affidavit ... what new or different facts, circumstances, or law are claimed to be shown." (C.C.P. § 1008(a).) The burden under section 1008 "is comparable to that of a party seeking a new trial on the ground of newly discovered evidence: the information must be such that the moving party could not, with reasonable diligence, have discovered or produced it earlier." (New York Times Co. v. Superior Court (2005) 135 Cal.App.4th 206, 21...
2020.06.18 Demurrer 262
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.18
Excerpt: ...Plaintiff incurred in seeking the TRO; an "overpayment" by Plaintiffs to satisfy the loan at issue; and punitive damages. The FAC does not contain any enumerated causes of action and the caption reads only "First Amended Complaint for Damages." Based on the substantive allegations, the Complaint appears to be for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and Defendants have construed it as such. LEGAL STANDARD "A demurrer tests the l...
2020.06.11 Motion for Reconsideration 115
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.11
Excerpt: ...PRA case was based on Govt Code 6254.5, which is part of the CPRA, instead of on Evid Code 912, which is part of the more generally applicable Evidence Code. It should not have been a surprise that the court relied on a section in the CPRA when considering a claim for waiver under the CPRA. Plaintiff had the opportunity to address the analysis at the hearing. The trial court's conclusion is not a new fact. (Corns v. Miller (1986) 181 Cal.App.3d 1...
2020.06.11 Demurrer 977
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.11
Excerpt: ...own has a law suit pending in the Eastern District of California that arises out of the same subject matter as this action. (See RJN Exhs. P, Q, R, S and T.) CONTRACT BASED CLAIMS Defendant' Demurrer to the First and Third Cause of Action is SUSTAINED with leave to amend. The gravamen of these two claims is that Wells Fargo had a contractual obligations to provide Plaintiff with notice before accelerating the remaining balance on the home loan an...
2020.06.04 Motion to Quash Subpoena of Medical Records 993
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.04
Excerpt: ...arties have not contested the March 16, 2020 tentative ruling. It is unclear to the Court whether the Parties' discovery dispute is ongoing or has been resolved. As such, the PARTIES ARE TO APPEAR at the hearing on this Motion prepared to provide the Court with an update on the status of this discovery dispute. The Court made the following observations in the March 16, 2020 tentative ruling: This is an employment dispute, involving claims for sex...
2020.06.04 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 510
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.06.04
Excerpt: ...e of Civil Procedure section 438(c)(1)(B)(ii) "performs the same function as a general demurrer[] and hence attacks only defects disclosed on the face of the pleadings or by matters that can be judicially noticed." (Burnett v. Chimney Sweep (2004) 123 Cal.App.4th 1057, 1064; see Fire Ins. Exchange v. Superior Court (2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 446, 452; Ponderosa Homes, Inc. v. City of San Ramon (1994) 23 Cal.App.4th 1761, 1767-1768.) A general demurre...
2020.05.28 Motion to Quash Subpoena for Bank Records 045
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.05.28
Excerpt: ...ssell and any and all bank account records of T. Russel from September 28, 2014 to the present. Plaintiff State Compensation Insurance Fund filed a notice of non-opposition to the Motions. LEGAL STANDARD Personal financial records implicate privacy interests recognized in the California constitution. (See, e.g., Cobb v. Superior Court (1979) 99 Cal.App.3d 543, 550; Allen v. Superior Court (1984) 151 Cal. App. 3d 447, 453.) Where such privacy righ...
2020.05.21 Demurrer 660
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.05.21
Excerpt: ...ong-Beverly Act and include a cause of action for fraud. LEGAL STANDARD "A demurrer tests the legal sufficiency of the factual allegations in a complaint." (Redfearn v. Trader Joe's Co. (2018) 20 Cal.App.5th 989, 996.) The Court must determine "whether the complaint alleges facts sufficient to state a cause of action or discloses a complete defense." (Id.) The Court assumes "the truth of the properly pleaded factual allegations, facts that reason...
2020.05.14 Motion to Compel Arbitration 602
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.05.14
Excerpt: ...rs who have a dispute relating to the resolution of sunlight or views lost due to tree growth must follow certain mandatory procedures to resolve the dispute. (BMC §12.45.030.) The resolution procedures begin with an initial, informal reconciliation process, requiring the party who believes a tree on the property of another diminishes the beneficial use of their property (the "complaining party") to notify the other party in writing of the compl...
2020.03.17 Motion to Quash Subpoena of Medical Records 993
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.03.17
Excerpt: ... in her deposition she suffers from PTSD. Plaintiff moves to quash three subpoenas requesting medical records from her medical care providers: Kaiser Permanente; Irina Khait; and Maidena McLerran, PhD. The subpoenas seek any and all medical records, without limitation as to date and without limitation as to any specific medical condition. Medical records are protected from disclosure by the right of privacy. (California Constitution, Art. 1, sec....
2020.03.17 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 868
Location: Alameda
Judge: Brand, Jeffrey
Hearing Date: 2020.03.17
Excerpt: ...)(ii) "performs the same function as a general demurrer[] and hence attacks only defects disclosed on the face of the pleadings or by matters that can be judicially noticed." (Burnett v. Chimney Sweep (2004) 123 Cal.App.4th 1057, 1064; see Fire Ins. Exchange v. Superior Court (2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 446, 452; Ponderosa Homes, Inc. v. City of San Ramon (1994) 23 Cal.App.4th 1761, 1767- 1768.) TIMELINESS As an initial matter, the Court finds ADSI's ...

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