This case was last updated from Los Angeles County Superior Courts on 01/23/2021 at 03:18:30 (UTC).

UNLIMTED CONCEPTS & DEVELOPMENT INC. VS CHRIST KOUTROUMBIS, ET AL.

Case Summary

On 04/21/2020 UNLIMTED CONCEPTS DEVELOPMENT INC filed an Other lawsuit against CHRIST KOUTROUMBIS. 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:

    *******1446

  • Filing Date:

    04/21/2020

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Other

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Spring Street Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Judge

SERENA R. MURILLO

 

Party Details

Petitioner

UNLIMTED CONCEPTS & DEVELOPMENT INC.

Respondents

821 PEARL INVESTMENTS LLC

KOUTROUMBIS CHRIST

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Petitioner Attorneys

EZZATI BEN

CAMPBELL NICK

Respondent Attorney

KERNS BENNETT

 

Court Documents

Substitution of Attorney - Substitution of Attorney

12/21/2020: Substitution of Attorney - Substitution of Attorney

Minute Order - Minute Order (Hearing on Motion for Order Releasing property from mechanic'...)

12/22/2020: Minute Order - Minute Order (Hearing on Motion for Order Releasing property from mechanic'...)

Notice (name extension) - Notice of Continuance of Defendant's Motion for Order Releasing Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien

12/23/2020: Notice (name extension) - Notice of Continuance of Defendant's Motion for Order Releasing Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien

Motion re: (name extension) - Motion re: Motion for Order Releasing Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien

12/16/2020: Motion re: (name extension) - Motion re: Motion for Order Releasing Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien

Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint) - Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint)

12/16/2020: Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint) - Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint)

Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint) - Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint)

12/16/2020: Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint) - Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint)

Notice (name extension) - Notice of Hearing on Defendant's Motion to Release Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien

11/12/2020: Notice (name extension) - Notice of Hearing on Defendant's Motion to Release Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien

Minute Order - Minute Order (Hearing on Ex Parte Application Ex Parte Application for an O...)

11/9/2020: Minute Order - Minute Order (Hearing on Ex Parte Application Ex Parte Application for an O...)

Ex Parte Application (name extension) - Ex Parte Application for an Order Shortening Time to Hear Verified Motion for Order Releasing Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien

11/9/2020: Ex Parte Application (name extension) - Ex Parte Application for an Order Shortening Time to Hear Verified Motion for Order Releasing Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien

Notice (name extension) - Notice of Corrected Time of Hearing

10/16/2020: Notice (name extension) - Notice of Corrected Time of Hearing

Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint) - Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint)

10/14/2020: Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint) - Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint)

Answer - Answer

9/16/2020: Answer - Answer

Summons - Summons on Complaint

7/21/2020: Summons - Summons on Complaint

Civil Case Cover Sheet - Civil Case Cover Sheet

6/8/2020: Civil Case Cover Sheet - Civil Case Cover Sheet

Certificate of Mailing for - Certificate of Mailing for (Court Order) of 06/10/2020

6/10/2020: Certificate of Mailing for - Certificate of Mailing for (Court Order) of 06/10/2020

Minute Order - Minute Order (Court Order)

6/10/2020: Minute Order - Minute Order (Court Order)

First Amended Standing Order - First Amended Standing Order

4/21/2020: First Amended Standing Order - First Amended Standing Order

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

4/21/2020: Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case - Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case

7 More Documents Available

 

Docket Entries

  • 10/21/2021
  • Hearing10/21/2021 at 08:30 AM in Department 26 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Non-Jury Trial

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  • 02/23/2021
  • Hearing02/23/2021 at 09:30 AM in Department 26 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Order to Show Cause Re: (name extension)

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  • 02/23/2021
  • Hearing02/23/2021 at 09:30 AM in Department 26 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Hearing on Motion for Order (name extension)

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  • 12/23/2020
  • DocketNotice of Continuance of Defendant's Motion for Order Releasing Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien; Filed by: 821 Pearl Investments LLC (Respondent); As to: Unlimted Concepts & Development Inc. (Petitioner)

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  • 12/22/2020
  • DocketOrder to Show Cause Re: RE STATUS OF PLAINTIFF?S REPRESENTATION scheduled for 02/23/2021 at 09:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26

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  • 12/22/2020
  • DocketHearing on Motion for Order Releasing property from mechanic's lien scheduled for 02/23/2021 at 09:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26

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  • 12/22/2020
  • DocketMinute Order (Hearing on Motion for Order Releasing property from mechanic'...)

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  • 12/22/2020
  • DocketOn the Court's own motion, Hearing on Motion for Order Releasing property from mechanic's lien scheduled for 12/22/2020 at 09:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26 Held - Continued was rescheduled to 02/23/2021 09:30 AM

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  • 12/21/2020
  • DocketSubstitution of Attorney; Filed by: Unlimted Concepts & Development Inc. (Petitioner)

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  • 12/16/2020
  • DocketMotion re: Motion for Order Releasing Property from Claim of Mechanic's Lien; Filed by: 821 Pearl Investments LLC (Respondent); As to: Unlimted Concepts & Development Inc. (Petitioner)

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15 More Docket Entries
  • 06/10/2020
  • DocketHearing on Petition Complaint scheduled for 08/25/2020 at 08:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26 Not Held - Vacated by Court on 06/10/2020

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  • 06/10/2020
  • DocketNon-Jury Trial scheduled for 10/21/2021 at 08:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26

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  • 06/10/2020
  • DocketMinute Order (Court Order)

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  • 06/10/2020
  • DocketCertificate of Mailing for (Court Order) of 06/10/2020; Filed by: Clerk

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  • 06/08/2020
  • DocketCivil Case Cover Sheet; Filed by: Unlimted Concepts & Development Inc. (Petitioner)

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  • 05/08/2020
  • DocketHearing on Petition Complaint scheduled for 08/25/2020 at 08:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 26

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  • 04/21/2020
  • DocketFirst Amended Standing Order; Filed by: Clerk

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  • 04/21/2020
  • DocketNotice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case; Filed by: Clerk

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  • 04/21/2020
  • DocketComplaint; Filed by: Unlimted Concepts & Development Inc. (Petitioner); As to: Christ Koutroumbis (Respondent); 821 Pearl Investments LLC (Respondent)

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  • 04/21/2020
  • DocketCase assigned to Hon. Serena R. Murillo in Department 26 Spring Street Courthouse

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: 20STCP01446    Hearing Date: December 22, 2020    Dept: 26

Unlimited Concepts & Development, Inc. v. Koutroumbis, et al.

RELEASE OF MECHANIC’S LIEN

(Civil Code § 8480)

TENTATIVE RULING:

DEFENDANT 821 PEARL INVESTMENTS, LLC’S PETITION TO RELEASE PROPERTY FROM MECHANIC’S LIEN IS CONTINUED TO FEBRUARY 23, 2021 AT ____ A.M. IN DEPT. 26 IN THE SPRING STREET COURTHOUSE.

OSC RE STATUS OF PLAINTIFF’S REPRESENTATION SET FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2021 AT ____ A.M. IN DEPT. 26 IN THE SPRING STREET COURTHOUSE.

ANALYSIS:

Plaintiff Unlimited Concepts & Development, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed the instant action for breach of contract and foreclosure of mechanic’s lien against Defendants Christ Koutroumbis and 821 Pearl Investments, LLC (“Defendants”) on April 21, 2020.

On November 12, 2020, Defendant 821 Pearl Investments filed a Notice of Hearing on Motion to Release Property from Claim of Mechanic’s Lien, which the Court scheduled for December 22, 2020. The Motion papers were not filed at that time. On December 16, 2020, Defendant 821 Pearl Investments filed the instant Petition for Release of Mechanic’s Lien.

Discussion

Defendant 821 Pearl Investments has properly complied with the pre-filing notice and demand requirements. It timely served a written demand to remove the lien on May 1, 2020. (Pet., Exh. 1.) The instant Petition was filed 10 or more days after the demand was given to Respondent. (See Civ. Code, § 8482.) However, Defendant 821 Pearl Investments has not demonstrated service of the Notice of Hearing and Petition on Respondent as required by Civil Code section 8486, subdivision (b), which requires service to “be made in the same manner as service of summons, or by certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested . . . .” (Civ. Code, § 8486, subd. (b).) Here, the Petition and Notice of Hearing were only served by electronic mail. (Notice of Hearing, filed 11/12/20; Proof of Service, filed 12/16/19.) Therefore, service of the Petition and Notice of Hearing does not comply with the statutory requirements.

Finally, the Court notes that the Complaint was not filed by a state-licensed attorney and is improper under the law. 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. (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) (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, on its own motion, the court sets an OSC re Status of Plaintiff’s Representation

for February 23, 2021 at ____ a.m. in Dept. 26 in the Spring Street Courthouse for Plaintiff to advise the Court as to the status of its representation by counsel. As a corporation, Plaintiff may not represent itself in this litigation and may only appear through counsel. The continued failure of the Plaintiff to obtain counsel may result in the striking of the Complaint at a future hearing.

Conclusion

Based on the foregoing, Defendant 821 Pearl Investments, LLC’s Petition to Release Property from Mechanic’s Lien is CONTINUED TO FEBRUARY 23, 2021 AT _____ AM IN DEPARTMENT 26 IN THE SPRING STREET COURTHOUSE. AT LEAST 16 COURT DAYS PRIOR TO THE HEARING, MOVING PARTY IS TO DEMONSTRATE PROPER SERVICE OF THE PETITION AND NOTICE OF HEARING. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN THE PETITION BEING PLACED OFF CALENDAR OR DENIED.

OSC RE STATUS OF PLAINTIFF’S REPRESENTATION IS ALSO SET FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2021 AT ____ A.M. IN DEPT. 26 IN THE SPRING STREET COURTHOUSE.

Moving party to give notice.