This case was last updated from Los Angeles County Superior Courts on 05/07/2020 at 10:13:38 (UTC).

VERNON ALEXANDER ROSADO, ET AL. VS LQK CORPORATION

Case Summary

On 11/30/2018 VERNON ALEXANDER ROSADO filed a Personal Injury - Motor Vehicle lawsuit against LQK 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 JON R. TAKASUGI. The case status is Other.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    *******4460

  • Filing Date:

    11/30/2018

  • Case Status:

    Other

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Motor Vehicle

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Spring Street Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Judge

JON R. TAKASUGI

 

Party Details

Plaintiffs

ROSADO VERNON ALEXANDER

APS SECURITY PATROL SYSTEMS CORPORATION

ALEXANDER PROTECTIVE SERVICES AKA ALEXANDER PROTECTIVE SVC

Defendant

LQK CORPORATION AKA LKQ PICK YOUR PART

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorney

KINGSTON PAUL ALEXANDER

Defendant Attorney

PETERSON RICK

 

Court Documents

Request for Dismissal - Request for Dismissal

4/6/2020: Request for Dismissal - Request for Dismissal

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

2/19/2020: Minute Order - Minute Order (Hearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery...)

Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

1/24/2020: Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

1/24/2020: Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

1/24/2020: Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

1/24/2020: Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

1/24/2020: Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

1/24/2020: Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

1/24/2020: Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion - Motion to Compel Discovery (not Further Discovery) - 1 moving party, 1 motion

Notice of Posting of Jury Fees - Notice of Posting of Jury Fees

2/10/2020: Notice of Posting of Jury Fees - Notice of Posting of Jury Fees

Notice (name extension) - Notice Of Change Of Location For The Hearings On Defendants Motions To Compel All Plaintiffs Responses

2/10/2020: Notice (name extension) - Notice Of Change Of Location For The Hearings On Defendants Motions To Compel All Plaintiffs Responses

Notice (name extension) - Notice Non-opposition To Defendants Motions To Compel All Plaintiffs Responses

2/10/2020: Notice (name extension) - Notice Non-opposition To Defendants Motions To Compel All Plaintiffs Responses

Proof of Personal Service - Proof of Personal Service

4/9/2019: Proof of Personal Service - Proof of Personal Service

Civil Case Cover Sheet - Civil Case Cover Sheet

11/30/2018: Civil Case Cover Sheet - Civil Case Cover Sheet

First Amended Standing Order - First Amended Standing Order

11/30/2018: First Amended Standing Order - First Amended Standing Order

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

11/30/2018: Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case - Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case

Complaint - Complaint

11/30/2018: Complaint - Complaint

Summons - Summons on Complaint

11/30/2018: Summons - Summons on Complaint

11 More Documents Available

 

Docket Entries

  • 04/08/2020
  • DocketNon-Jury Trial scheduled for 05/29/2020 at 08:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 25 Not Held - Vacated by Court on 04/08/2020

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  • 04/08/2020
  • DocketOrder to Show Cause Re: Failure to File Proof of Service scheduled for 12/03/2021 at 10:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 25 Not Held - Vacated by Court on 04/08/2020

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  • 04/06/2020
  • DocketOn the Complaint filed by Vernon Alexander Rosado, et al. on 11/30/2018, entered Request for Dismissal with prejudice filed by APS Security Patrol Systems Corporation, Alexander Protective Services, and Vernon Alexander Rosado as to the entire action

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  • 03/03/2020
  • DocketHearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery") scheduled for 02/19/2020 at 10:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 25 Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by Party on 02/19/2020

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  • 03/03/2020
  • DocketHearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery") scheduled for 02/19/2020 at 10:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 25 Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by Party on 02/19/2020

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  • 03/03/2020
  • DocketHearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery") scheduled for 02/19/2020 at 10:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 25 Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by Party on 02/19/2020

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  • 03/03/2020
  • DocketHearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery") scheduled for 02/19/2020 at 10:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 25 Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by Party on 02/19/2020

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  • 03/03/2020
  • DocketHearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery") scheduled for 02/19/2020 at 10:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 25 Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by Party on 02/19/2020

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  • 03/03/2020
  • DocketHearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery") scheduled for 02/19/2020 at 10:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 25 Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by Party on 02/19/2020

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  • 03/03/2020
  • DocketHearing on Motion to Compel Discovery (not "Further Discovery") scheduled for 02/19/2020 at 10:30 AM in Spring Street Courthouse at Department 25 Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by Party on 02/19/2020

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38 More Docket Entries
  • 04/09/2019
  • DocketProof of Personal Service; Filed by: Vernon Alexander Rosado (Plaintiff); Alexander Protective Services (Plaintiff); APS Security Patrol Systems Corporation (Plaintiff); As to: LQK Corporation (Defendant); Service Date: 04/03/2019; Service Cost: 80.00; Service Cost Waived: No

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  • 02/04/2019
  • DocketCase reassigned to Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Department 94 - Hon. James E. Blancarte; Reason: Inventory Transfer

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  • 11/30/2018
  • DocketComplaint; Filed by: Vernon Alexander Rosado (Plaintiff); As to: LQK Corporation (Defendant)

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  • 11/30/2018
  • DocketCivil Case Cover Sheet; Filed by: Vernon Alexander Rosado (Plaintiff)

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  • 11/30/2018
  • DocketSummons on Complaint; Issued and Filed by: Clerk

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  • 11/30/2018
  • DocketNotice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case; Filed by: Clerk

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  • 11/30/2018
  • DocketFirst Amended Standing Order; Filed by: Clerk

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  • 11/30/2018
  • DocketCase assigned to Hon. Jon R. Takasugi in Department 94 Stanley Mosk Courthouse

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  • 11/30/2018
  • DocketNon-Jury Trial scheduled for 05/29/2020 at 08:30 AM in Stanley Mosk Courthouse at Department 94

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  • 11/30/2018
  • DocketOrder to Show Cause Re: Failure to File Proof of Service scheduled for 12/03/2021 at 08:30 AM in Stanley Mosk Courthouse at Department 94

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: 18STLC14460    Hearing Date: February 19, 2020    Dept: 25

MOTION TO COMPEL RESPONSES TO FORM INTERROGATORIES, SPECIAL INTERROGATORIES, AND REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION

(CCP §§ 2030.290; 2031.300)

TENTATIVE RULING:

Defendant LQK Corporation’s nine Motions to Compel Discovery are GRANTED. Plaintiffs are ordered to serve verified responses without objections to Defendant’s discovery requests within thirty (30) days of service of notice of this order.

Defendant’s requests for monetary sanctions are also GRANTED in the reduced amount of $900.00 to be paid within thirty (30) days of service of notice of this order. Defendant’s requests for evidentiary sanctions are DENIED.

ANALYSIS:

  1. Background

On November 30, 2018, Plaintiffs Vernon Alexander Rosado (“Rosado”), Alexander Protective Services aka Alexander Protective SVC (“Protective Services”), and APS Security Patrol Systems Corporation (“APS”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) filed an action against LQK Corporation (“Defendant”) for property damage. On June 30, 2019, Defendant filed an Answer.

On January 24, 2020, Defendant filed the following nine motions: (1) Motion to Compel Plaintiff Alexander Protective Services’ Responses to Form Interrogatories, Set One, and Request for Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions; (2) Motion to Compel Plaintiff Alexander Protective Services’ Responses to Special Interrogatories, Set One, and Request for Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions; (3) Motion to Compel Plaintiff Alexander Protective Services’ Responses to Request for Production of Documents, Set One, and Request for Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions; (4) Motion to Compel Plaintiff APS Security Patrol Systems Corporation’s Responses to Form Interrogatories, Set One, and Request for Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions; (5) Motion to Compel Plaintiff APS Security Patrol Systems Corporation’s Responses to Special Interrogatories, Set One, and Request for Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions; (6) Motion to Compel Plaintiff APS Security Patrol Systems Corporation’s Responses to Request for Production of Documents, Set One, and Request for Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions; (7) Motion to Compel Plaintiff Vernon Alexander Rosado’s Responses to Form Interrogatories, Set One, and Request for Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions; (8) Motion to Compel Plaintiff Vernon Alexander Rosado’s Responses to Special Interrogatories, Set One, and Request for Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions; and (9) Motion to Compel Plaintiff Vernon Alexander Rosado’s Responses to Request for Production of Documents, Set One, and Request for Monetary and Evidentiary Sanctions (collectively, “the Motions”).

To date, no opposition or reply briefs have been filed.

  1. Legal Standard & Discussion

  1. Interrogatories and Request for Production of Documents

A party must respond to interrogatories and requests for production of documents within 30 days after service. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2030.260, subd. (a); Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.260, subd. (a).) If a party to whom interrogatories or requests for production of documents are directed does not provide timely responses, the requesting party may move for an order compelling responses to the discovery. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2030.290, subd. (b); Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.300, subd. (c).) The party also waives the right to make any objections, including one based on privilege or work-product protection. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2030.290, subd. (a); Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.300, subd. (a).) There is no time limit for a motion to compel responses to interrogatories or production of documents other than the cut-off on hearing discovery motions 15 days before trial. (Code Civ. Proc., §§ 2024.020, subd. (a), 2030.290; Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.300.) No meet and confer efforts are required before filing a motion to compel responses to the discovery. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2030.290; Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.300; Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting, Inc. v. Pacific Healthcare Consultants (2007) 148 Cal.App.4th 390, 411.)

Here, Defendant served each of the three Plaintiffs with Form Interrogatories, Set One, Special Interrogatories, Set One, and Request for Production of Documents, Set One, on June 3, 2019. (Motions, Latif Decl., ¶ 2, Exh. A.) Although not required, Defendant attempted to meet and confer with Plaintiffs on various occasions regarding the lack of discovery responses prior to seeking judicial intervention. (Id. at ¶¶ 3-13.) To date, Defendant has not received responses to any of the nine sets of discovery sent to Plaintiffs. (Id. at ¶ 15.) Thus, Defendant is entitled to an order compelling Plaintiffs to serve responses to the discovery without objections. (Code Civ. Proc., §§ 2030.290; Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.300.)

  1. Sanctions

Code of Civil Procedure section 2023.030, subdivision (a) provides, in pertinent part, that the court may impose a monetary sanction on a party engaging in the misuse of the discovery process to pay the reasonable expenses, including attorney’s fees, incurred by anyone as a result of that conduct. A misuse of the discovery process includes failing to respond or to submit to an authorized method of discovery. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2023.010, subd. (d).)

The Court finds Plaintiffs’ failure to serve timely responses to Defendant’s Form Interrogatories, Special Interrogatories, and Requests for Production of Documents a misuse of the discovery process.

Defendant’s counsel apparently requests sanctions of $3,150.00 for each of the nine motions based on 10.5 hours of attorney time billed at $300.00 per hour, totaling $28,350.00. (Motions, Latif Decl., ¶ 16.) Defendant’s counsel does not seek to recover costs. However, the amount sought is extremely excessive given the simplicity of these nearly identical Motions and the lack of opposition and reply. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s request for sanctions is GRANTED in the reduced amount of $900.00 based on three hours of attorney time. Plaintiffs are ordered to pay sanctions within thirty (30) days of service of notice of this order.

Defense counsel also requests that Plaintiffs be precluded from brining any further evidence forward. (Motions, p. 7-8.) Where a party willfully disobeys a discovery order, courts have discretion to impose terminating, issue, evidence, or monetary sanctions. (Code Civ. Proc., §§ 2023.010, subd. (g), 2030.290, subd. (c); Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.300, subd. (c); R.S. Creative, Inc. v. Creative Cotton, Ltd. (1999) 75 Cal.App.4th 486, 495.) An evidence sanction prohibits a party that misused the discovery process from introducing evidence on certain designated matters into evidence. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2023.030, subd. (c).) A violation of a prior discovery order is not a pre-requisite to evidentiary sanctions when the responding has engaged in a pattern of willful discovery that has caused the unavailability of evidence. (Karlsson v. Ford Motor Co. (2006) 140 Cal.App.4th 1202, 1214-15.)

Here, Plaintiffs have not violated a prior order nor has Defendant demonstrated that Plaintiffs’ willful discovery abuse has resulted in the unavailability of evidence. Thus, Defendant’s request for evidentiary sanctions is DENIED.

  1. Conclusion & Order

For the foregoing reasons, Defendant’s nine Motions to Compel Discovery are GRANTED. Plaintiffs are ordered to serve verified responses without objections to Defendant’s discovery requests within thirty (30) days of service of notice of this order.

Defendant’s requests for monetary sanctions are also GRANTED in the reduced amount of $900.00 to be paid within thirty (30) days of service of notice of this order. Defendant’s requests for evidentiary sanctions are DENIED.

Moving party is ordered to give notice.