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This case was last updated from Los Angeles County Superior Courts on 04/16/2021 at 04:16:52 (UTC).

MICHAEL JOSHUA SOBEL VS Z DENTAL GROUP, INC. (CORPORATION)

Case Summary

On 08/22/2019 MICHAEL JOSHUA SOBEL filed a Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice lawsuit against Z DENTAL GROUP, INC CORPORATION. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Spring Street Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The Judge overseeing this case is SERENA R. MURILLO. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    *******7834

  • Filing Date:

    08/22/2019

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Spring Street Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Judge

SERENA R. MURILLO

 

Party Details

Plaintiff

SOBEL MICHAEL JOSHUA

Defendant

Z DENTAL GROUP INC. CORPORATION

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Defendant Attorney

SANDS THOMAS

 

Court Documents

Substitution of Attorney - Substitution of Attorney

3/10/2021: Substitution of Attorney - Substitution of Attorney

Certificate of Mailing for - Certificate of Mailing for (Order to Show Cause Re: Status of Defendant's Legal Represent...) of 03/30/2021

3/30/2021: Certificate of Mailing for - Certificate of Mailing for (Order to Show Cause Re: Status of Defendant's Legal Represent...) of 03/30/2021

Minute Order - Minute Order (Order to Show Cause Re: Status of Defendant's Legal Represent...)

3/30/2021: Minute Order - Minute Order (Order to Show Cause Re: Status of Defendant's Legal Represent...)

Motion to Compel (name extension) - Motion to Compel responses

12/21/2020: Motion to Compel (name extension) - Motion to Compel responses

Order on Court Fee Waiver (Superior Court) - Order on Court Fee Waiver (Superior Court)

12/23/2020: Order on Court Fee Waiver (Superior Court) - Order on Court Fee Waiver (Superior Court)

Minute Order - Minute Order (Hearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery"))

2/2/2021: Minute Order - Minute Order (Hearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery"))

Certificate of Mailing for - Certificate of Mailing for (Hearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery")) of 02/02/2021

2/2/2021: Certificate of Mailing for - Certificate of Mailing for (Hearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery")) of 02/02/2021

Certificate of Mailing for - Certificate of Mailing for (Non-Jury Trial;) of 02/18/2021

2/18/2021: Certificate of Mailing for - Certificate of Mailing for (Non-Jury Trial;) of 02/18/2021

Minute Order - Minute Order (Non-Jury Trial;)

2/18/2021: Minute Order - Minute Order (Non-Jury Trial;)

General Denial - General Denial

10/21/2019: General Denial - General Denial

Civil Case Cover Sheet - Civil Case Cover Sheet

8/22/2019: Civil Case Cover Sheet - Civil Case Cover Sheet

Complaint - Complaint

8/22/2019: Complaint - Complaint

Summons - Summons on Complaint

8/22/2019: Summons - Summons on Complaint

Civil Case Cover Sheet - Civil Case Cover Sheet

8/22/2019: Civil Case Cover Sheet - Civil Case Cover Sheet

Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case - Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case

8/22/2019: Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case - Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case

3 More Documents Available

 

Docket Entries

  • 09/28/2021
  • Hearing09/28/2021 at 08:30 AM in Department 26 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Non-Jury Trial

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  • 03/30/2021
  • DocketNon-Jury Trial scheduled for 09/28/2021 at 08:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26

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  • 03/30/2021
  • DocketMinute Order (Order to Show Cause Re: Status of Defendant's Legal Represent...)

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  • 03/30/2021
  • DocketCertificate of Mailing for (Order to Show Cause Re: Status of Defendant's Legal Represent...) of 03/30/2021; Filed by: Clerk

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  • 03/30/2021
  • DocketOrder to Show Cause Re: Failure to File Proof of Service scheduled for 08/25/2022 at 10:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26 Not Held - Advanced and Vacated on 03/30/2021

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  • 03/30/2021
  • DocketOn the Court's own motion, Order to Show Cause Re: Status of Defendant's Legal Representation scheduled for 03/30/2021 at 10:00 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26 Not Held - Advanced and Vacated on 03/30/2021

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  • 03/10/2021
  • DocketSubstitution of Attorney; Filed by: Z Dental Group, Inc. (Corporation) (Defendant)

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  • 02/18/2021
  • DocketMinute Order (Non-Jury Trial;)

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  • 02/18/2021
  • DocketCertificate of Mailing for (Non-Jury Trial;) of 02/18/2021; Filed by: Clerk

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  • 02/18/2021
  • DocketNon-Jury Trial scheduled for 02/18/2021 at 08:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26 Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by Court on 02/18/2021

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10 More Docket Entries
  • 12/21/2020
  • DocketHearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery") scheduled for 02/02/2021 at 10:00 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26

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  • 10/21/2019
  • DocketGeneral Denial; Filed by: Z Dental Group, Inc. (Corporation) (Defendant)

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  • 08/26/2019
  • DocketNon-Jury Trial scheduled for 02/18/2021 at 08:30 AM in Stanley Mosk Courthouse at Department 94

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  • 08/26/2019
  • DocketOrder to Show Cause Re: Failure to File Proof of Service scheduled for 08/25/2022 at 08:30 AM in Stanley Mosk Courthouse at Department 94

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  • 08/26/2019
  • DocketCase assigned to Hon. Serena R. Murillo in Department 94 Stanley Mosk Courthouse

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  • 08/22/2019
  • DocketComplaint; Filed by: Michael Joshua Sobel (Plaintiff); As to: Z Dental Group, Inc. (Corporation) (Defendant)

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  • 08/22/2019
  • DocketSummons on Complaint; Issued and Filed by: Michael Joshua Sobel (Plaintiff); As to: Z Dental Group, Inc. (Corporation) (Defendant)

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  • 08/22/2019
  • DocketCivil Case Cover Sheet; Filed by: Michael Joshua Sobel (Plaintiff); As to: Z Dental Group, Inc. (Corporation) (Defendant)

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  • 08/22/2019
  • DocketCivil Case Cover Sheet; Filed by: Michael Joshua Sobel (Plaintiff); As to: Z Dental Group, Inc. (Corporation) (Defendant)

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  • 08/22/2019
  • DocketNotice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case; Filed by: Clerk

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: 19STLC07834    Hearing Date: February 02, 2021    Dept: 26

Sobel v. Z Dental Group, Inc., et al.

MOTION TO COMPEL RESPONSES TO REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION

(CCP §§ 2031.300, 2023.010)

TENTATIVE RULING:

Defendant Z Dental Group, Inc.’s Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiff to Respond to Request for Production of Documents is PLACED OFF CALENDAR.

Order to Show Cause Re: Status of Defendant’s Legal Representation is set for March 30, 2021 at 10:00 am in Department 26 in the Spring Street Courthouse.

ANALYSIS:

Plaintiff Michael Joshua Sobel (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant action for dental malpractice against Defendant Z Dental Group, Inc. (“Defendant”) on August 22, 2019. On October 21, 2019, Defendant filed an Answer in pro per. Defendant filed the instant Motion to Compel Responses to Request Production of Documents, also in pro per, on December 21, 2020. To date, no opposition has been filed.

Since the passage of the State Bar Act in 1927, persons may represent their own interests in legal proceedings, but may not represent the interests of another unless they are active members of the State Bar. [Citation.]” (Hansen v. Hansen (2003) 114 Cal.App.4th 618, 621.) An entity must be represented by a lawyer in legal proceedings and may not represent itself (either directly or through a non-lawyer agent) in litigation, as such an act would be the unauthorized practice of law. (Caressa Camille, Inc. v. Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Bd. (2002) 99 Cal.App.4th 1094, 1101).) This rule applies to all entities regarded as separate from their owners, including partnerships and unincorporated associations. (See Clean Air Transport Systems, supra, 19 Cal.App.3d at 578.) (corporation); Albion River Watershed Protection Ass’n v. Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (1993) 20 Cal.App. 4th 34, 37 (unincorporated association); Aulisio v. Bancroft (2014) 230 Cal. App. 4th 1518, 1519-20 (trustee for trust).

Therefore, the Court sets an Order to Show Cause re Status of Defendant’s Representation for March 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Dept. 26 in the Spring Street Courthouse, for Defendant to advise the Court as to the status of its representation by counsel. As a corporation, Defendant may not represent itself in this litigation, and may only appear through counsel. The continued failure of Defendant to obtain counsel may result in the striking of its Answer in these proceedings at a future date.

Defendant’s Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiff to Respond to Request for Production of Documents is PLACED OFF CALENDAR.

Court clerk to give notice.

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