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Civil Tentative Rulings

Civil Tentative Ruling Announcement

If the Tentative Ruling in your case is satisfactory, you need not appear at the scheduled time, the ruling becomes final, and the prevailing party prepares the order.

However, if you are not satisfied with the Tentative Ruling, and wish to appear and argue the matter, YOU MUST NOTIFY the Clerk’s Office and opposing counsel of your intent before 4:00 p.m. TODAY. If a TELEPHONIC HEARING is requested per CCP §367.5, you MUST register online to appear telephonically using Vcourt. When doing so, you must indicate as to which issue(s) and/or motion(s) a hearing is being requested. If requesting a hearing for clarification of a tentative ruling, specify what matter(s) and/or issue(s) need clarification.

Requesting a Hearing 

You may request a hearing by calling the calendar line at (209) 530-3162 or the main line at (209) 530-3100, prior to 4:00 p.m. - OR- by e-mailing at civil.tentatives@stanct.org Email requests must be made prior to 4:00 p.m. AND confirmed by return e-mail. If you do not receive confirmation e-mail from the clerk, you MUST call (209) 530-3162 to request your hearing.

Please refer to Local Rule of Court 3.12 concerning Court reporter fees.

Coordinating Court Reporter 

If a Hearing is required or you have requested a Hearing for a Law and Motion Matter Scheduled in Department 21, 22, 23 or 24 in Modesto, please contact the Court Reporter Coordinator at (209) 530-3105 to request a reporter and determine availability. If a Staff Reporter is not available, you may need to provide your own.

Effective April 2, 2012

Staff Court Reporters may be available, though it is not guaranteed, to report law and motion matters on the following schedule:

Department 21 -- Wednesdays and Fridays only. Staff Reporters may be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call to confirm.
Department 22 -- Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Staff Reporters may be available on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please call to confirm.
Department 23 -- Wednesdays and Fridays only. Staff Reporters may be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call to confirm.
Department 24 -- Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Staff Reporters may be available on Wednesdays or Fridays. Please call to confirm.

If a Staff Reporter is not available, counsel can make arrangements to have their hearing reported by a private CSR. Please contact the Court Reporter Coordinator at (209)530-3105 to request a Staff Reporter and to determine if a Staff Reporter will be available for your hearing.

Current Tentative Rulings

August 17, 2022

 

 

The following are the tentative rulings for cases calendared before Judge John R. Mayne in Department 21:

 

 

***There are no Tentative Rulings in Department 21***

 

 

The following are the tentative rulings for cases calendared before Judge Stacy P. Speiller in Department 22:

 

 

***There are no Tentative Rulings in Department 22***

 

 

The following are the tentative rulings for cases calendared before Judge John D Freeland in Department 23:

 

 

CV-19-007539 – TEMPLETON, DAVID vs ADVANCED OPTOMETRICS – Defendants Advanced Optometric Services, Inc and Brandie J Medina, O.D.’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication – GRANTED.

 

As a preliminary matter, the Court notes that Plaintiff’s opposition brief does not comply with the formatting and page limit requirements set forth in Cal. Rules of Ct., rules 2.108 and 3.113.  Counsel is cautioned to observe such rules in the future.

 

With regard to the merits, the Court finds that Defendants, as the moving parties, met the initial burden of establishing prima facie entitlement to judgment based on the submitted evidence.  The burden then shifts to Plaintiff to produce admissible evidence demonstrating the existence of a triable issue of material fact. (Code Civ. Proc. §437c(p)(2).)  The Court finds that Plaintiff has failed to meet his burden herein. His proffered evidence fails to establish any potential basis for liability on the part of Dr. Medina or Advanced Optometric Services, Inc. with regard to the medical care and claimed injuries at issue in this action. Therefore, Plaintiff has not demonstrated a material factual dispute sufficient to overcome the moving defendants’ evidence of non-liability. (UMFs 11,12.)

 

 

CV-20-005005 – HODGE, TIMOTHY vs DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER – Defendant Central Valley Specialty Hospital, Inc.’s Motion for Protective Order – CONTINUED, on the Court’s own motion, to October 12, 2022.

 

The Court finds that the moving party has not demonstrated sufficient meaningful meet and confer efforts prior to submission of the matter, and it appears that the potential exists for the issues to be narrowed and/or resolved by such efforts conducted in good faith.  Therefore, the parties shall continue to meet and confer on the issues presented herein and shall submit a Joint Status Statement describing their efforts and briefly setting forth their respective positions on any issues remaining in dispute. The Joint Status Statement shall be submitted no later than October 3, 2022.

 

 

CV-22-001407 – WINTONIRELAND INSURANCE AGENCY INC vs PALLANTE, SARAH – Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction – CONTINUED, due to the pending transfer motion, to September 27, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23.

 

The pendency of the defense transfer request prevents the Court from taking any substantive action on the matter.  Therefore, the hearing date is continued, as above. In the event the transfer motion is denied, the parties shall submit opposition and reply papers within the statutory timelines as calculated from the continued hearing date.

 

 

The following are the tentative rulings for cases calendared before Judge Sonny S. Sandhu in Department 24:

 

 

684071 – DOAN, KEVIN vs SINGH, NIRMAL – a) Plaintiffs’ Kevin Doan, Pauline Doan, and Harpreet Dhaliwal’s Motion to Quash Subpoena to First American Title; b) Defendants’ Nirmal Singh, Prabhot Singh, Matthew Bradford, Marc Robinson & Robinson Bradford LLP’s Special Demurrer to Causes of Action 1 through 8 –

 

a)  Plaintiffs’ Motion to Quash Subpoena to First American Title is CONTINUED on the Court’s own motion to September 29, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 24, in the interest of efficiency, as there is another motion on calendar on that date.

 

The Case Management Conference set on August 22, 2022, is hereby VACATED and RESET to November 7, 2022.  Counsel are reminded of the need to address the expiration of the five-year statute of limitations in their case management statements filed in advance of the rescheduled conference.

 

b)  Defendants’ Special Demurrer to Causes of Action 1-8 is CONTINUED on the Court’s own motion to September 29, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 24, in the interest of efficiency, as there is another motion on calendar on that date.

 

The Case Management Conference set on August 22, 2022, is hereby VACATED and RESET to November 7, 2022.  Counsel are reminded of the need to address the expiration of the five-year statute of limitations in their case management statements filed in advance of the rescheduled conference.

 

 

CV-21-004981 – MARIN, JESICA vs CALIFORNIA QSR MANAGEMENT INC – Defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration of Plaintiff’s Individual PAGA Claim and Dismiss Plaintiff’s Representative PAGA Claim – CONTINUED on the Court’s own motion to August 24, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 24.

 

 

CV-21-005466 – SMITH, AMERICUS vs UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC – Defendant’s Hearing in Support of Lanita S Morgan’s Verified Application to Appear as Counsel Pro Hac Vice – DENIED without prejudice, and unopposed.

 

The application does not meet the requirements set forth in California Rules of Court, rule 9.40 and California Code of Civil Procedure § 1005 (b) for lack of timely service on the State Bar of California. After review of the moving papers and provided the application remains unopposed, the Court would be inclined to grant the motion upon resubmission.

 

 

The following are the tentative rulings for cases calendared before Commissioner Jared D. Beeson in Department 19 located at the Turlock Division at 300 Starr Avenue, Turlock, CA:

 

 

***There are no Tentative Rulings in Department 19***

 

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