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This case was last updated from Los Angeles County Superior Courts on 10/25/2018 at 16:19:56 (UTC).

WESCO INSURANCE COMPANY VS EOL BUILDERS, ET AL.

Case Summary

On 05/31/2018 WESCO INSURANCE COMPANY filed a Contract - Other Contract lawsuit against EOL BUILDERS. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Stanley Mosk Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The Judge overseeing this case is GEORGINA T. RIZK. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    *******7829

  • Filing Date:

    05/31/2018

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Contract - Other Contract

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Stanley Mosk Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Judge

GEORGINA T. RIZK

 

Party Details

Plaintiff and Cross Defendant

WESCO INSURANCE COMPANY

Defendants and Cross Defendants

WALKER MALIK

EOL BUILDERS

JOHNSON VELISA

LAVIE FRANK AKA FRANK ELI LAVIE

DYSON SAMSON EDWARD

WESCO INSURANCE COMPANY

CHAMBERLAIN ANGUS

Defendant and Cross Plaintiff

JOHNSON VELISA

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Cross Defendant and Plaintiff Attorneys

PAGAN JOHN MICHAEL

SOSA CARLOS EDUARDO

MALACHOWSKI MITCHELL B

Defendant and Cross Plaintiff Attorneys

FELDMAN SHIMON BENJAMIN

STERNFELD DAVID I

 

Court Documents

Memorandum of Points & Authorities

10/5/2018: Memorandum of Points & Authorities

Notice of Rejection - Pleadings

10/9/2018: Notice of Rejection - Pleadings

Request for Dismissal

8/24/2018: Request for Dismissal

Request for Entry of Default / Judgment

8/24/2018: Request for Entry of Default / Judgment

Proof of Service by Mail

8/21/2018: Proof of Service by Mail

Cross-Complaint

8/21/2018: Cross-Complaint

Answer

8/21/2018: Answer

Answer

7/25/2018: Answer

Proof of Personal Service

6/27/2018: Proof of Personal Service

Proof of Personal Service

6/20/2018: Proof of Personal Service

Complaint

5/31/2018: Complaint

Civil Case Cover Sheet

5/31/2018: Civil Case Cover Sheet

Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case

5/31/2018: Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case

17 More Documents Available

 

Docket Entries

  • 09/07/2018
  • General Denial; Filed by: Wesco Insurance Company (Cross-Defendant)

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  • 08/30/2018
  • Request for Dismissal; Filed by: Wesco Insurance Company (Plaintiff); As to: Frank Lavie (Defendant)

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  • 08/30/2018
  • On the Complaint filed by Wesco Insurance Company on 05/31/2018, Request for dismissal Without Prejudice entered as to Frank Lavie

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  • 08/24/2018
  • Request for Dismissal; Filed by: Wesco Insurance Company (Plaintiff); As to: Samson Edward Dyson (Defendant)

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  • 08/24/2018
  • On the Complaint filed by Wesco Insurance Company on 05/31/2018, Request for dismissal Without Prejudice entered as to Samson Edward Dyson

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  • 08/24/2018
  • Request for Entry of Default / Judgment; Filed by: Wesco Insurance Company (Plaintiff); As to: Malik Walker (Defendant)

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  • 08/24/2018
  • Default entered as to Malik Walker; On the Complaint filed by Wesco Insurance Company on 05/31/2018

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  • 08/21/2018
  • Answer; Filed by: Velisa Johnson (Defendant)

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  • 08/21/2018
  • Cross-Complaint; Filed by: Velisa Johnson (Cross-Complainant); As to: EOL Builders (Cross-Defendant); Angus Chamberlain (Cross-Defendant); Samson Edward Dyson (Cross-Defendant) et al.

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  • 08/21/2018
  • Proof of service by first-class mail - civil; Filed by: Velisa Johnson (Defendant); As to: Wesco Insurance Company (Plaintiff); After Substituted Service of Summons & Complaint ?: No

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3 More Docket Entries
  • 06/27/2018
  • Affidavit of Reasonable Diligence; Filed by: Wesco Insurance Company (Plaintiff)

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  • 06/27/2018
  • Proof of Personal Service; Filed by: Wesco Insurance Company (Plaintiff); As to: EOL Builders (Defendant); Service Date: 06/12/18; Service Cost: 65.00; Service Cost Waived: No

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  • 06/20/2018
  • Proof of Personal Service; Filed by: Wesco Insurance Company (Plaintiff); As to: Samson Edward Dyson (Defendant); Service Date: 06/09/2018; Service Cost: 65.00; Service Cost Waived: No

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  • 05/31/2018
  • Notice of Case Assignment - Limited Civil Case; Filed by: Clerk

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  • 05/31/2018
  • Summons on Complaint; Issued and Filed by: Clerk

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  • 05/31/2018
  • Civil Case Cover Sheet; Filed by: Wesco Insurance Company (Plaintiff)

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  • 05/31/2018
  • Complaint; Filed by: Wesco Insurance Company (Plaintiff); As to: EOL Builders (Defendant); Frank Lavie (Defendant); Velisa Johnson (Defendant) et al.

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  • 05/31/2018
  • Case assigned to Hon. Georgina T. Rizk in Department 94 Stanley Mosk Courthouse

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  • 05/31/2018
  • Non-Jury Trial scheduled for 12/02/2019 at 08:30 AM in Stanley Mosk Courthouse at Department 94

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  • 05/31/2018
  • Order to Show Cause - Failure to File Proof of Service scheduled for 06/03/2021 at 08:30 AM in Stanley Mosk Courthouse at Department 94

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: 18STLC07829    Hearing Date: August 24, 2020    Dept: 53

Superior Court of California

County of Los Angeles – Central District

Department 53

wesco insurance company ,

Plaintiff,

vs.

eol builders , et al.,

Defendants.

Case No.:

18STLC07829

Hearing Date:

August 24, 2020

Time:

10:00 a.m.

[Tentative] Order RE:

(1) motion to compel answers to interrogatories;

(2) motion to compel response to request for production of documents;

(3) motion to have requests for admissions deemed admitted

AND RELATED CROSS-ACTION

MOVING PARTIES: Defendants/cross-defendants EOL Builders, Angus Chamberlain, and Frank Lavie

RESPONDING PARTY: n/a

  1. Motion to Compel Answers to Interrogatories;

  2. Motion to Compel Response to Request for Production of Documents;

  3. Motion to Have Requests for Admissions Deemed Admitted

The court considered the moving papers in connection with each motion. No oppositions to the motions were filed.

Background

Plaintiff WESCO Insurance Company filed this action on May 31, 2018 against defendants EOL Builders (“EOL”), Frank Lavie aka Frank Eli Lavie (“Lavie”), Velisa Johnson, Malik Walker, and Samson Edward Dyson. On August 21, 2018, Velisa Johnson (“Cross-Complainant”) filed a cross-complaint against WESCO Insurance Company, Samson Dyson, Malik Walker, Angus Chamberlain (“Chamberlain”), EOL, and Lavie, asserting causes of action for declaratory relief, breach of contract, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and negligent misrepresentation.

On September 10, 2019, EOL, Lavie, and Chamberlain (collectively, “Cross-Defendants”) served Cross-Complainant with Cross-Defendants’ (1) Form Interrogatories, Set One, and Special Interrogatories, Set One, (2) Request for Production of Documents, Set One, and (3) Request for Admissions, Set One. (Haskins Decls., ¶ 2, Exs. A and B.) As of November 11, 2019, Cross-Complainant has not responded to any of Cross-Defendants’ discovery requests. (Haskins Decls., ¶ 4.)

Cross-Defendants now move for an order (1) compelling Cross-Complainant to respond to Cross-Defendants’ Form Interrogatories, Set One, and Special Interrogatories, Set One; (2) compelling Cross-Complainant to respond to Cross-Defendants’ Request for Production of Documents, Set One; and (3) that the truth of the matters specified in Cross-Defendants’ Request for Admissions, Set One, to Cross-Complainant are deemed admitted. Cross-Defendants also request an order imposing monetary sanctions in connection with each motion. No oppositions to the motions were filed.

discussion

If a party to whom interrogatories or an inspection demand are directed fails to serve a timely response, the propounding party may move for an order compelling responses without objections. (Code Civ. Proc., §§ 2030.290, subd. (b); 2031.300, subd. (b).) Where a motion seeks only a response to an inspection demand, no showing of “good cause” is required. (Compare Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.300(b) with Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.310, subd. (b)(1).)

Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 2033.280, subdivision (b), if a party to whom requests for admissions are directed fails to serve a timely response, the requesting party may move for an order that the genuineness of any documents and the truth of any matters specified in the requests be deemed admitted, and for a monetary sanction under Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 2023.010). “Failure to timely respond to RFA does not result in automatic admissions. Rather, the propounder of the RFA must ‘move for an order that the genuineness of any documents and the truth of any matters specified in the requests be deemed admitted, as well as for a monetary sanction’ under § 2023.010 et seq.” (Weil & Brown, Civ. Proc. Before Trial, ¶ 8:1370, citing Code Civ. Proc., § 2033.280, subd. (b).) The court “shall” grant the motion to deem RFA admitted, “unless it finds that the party to whom the requests for admission have been directed has served, before the hearing on the motion, a proposed response to the requests for admission that is in substantial compliance with Section 2033.220.” (Code Civ. Proc., § 2033.280, subd. (c).)

In light of Cross-Complainant’s failure to oppose Cross-Defendants’ motions, there is no evidence before the court that Cross-Complainant has served valid, verified responses to the subject discovery requests. The court therefore finds that Cross-Complainant has not acted with substantial justification in failing to timely respond to Cross-Defendants’ discovery requests, and there are no other circumstances that make imposition of sanctions unjust pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure sections 2030.290, subdivision (c) and 2031.300, subdivision (c). It is “mandatory that the court impose a monetary sanction under Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 2012.010) on the party or attorney, or both, whose failure to serve a timely response to requests for admission necessitated this motion.” (Code Civ. Proc., § 2033.280, subd. (c).)

ORDER

For the reasons set forth above, the court grants cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain’s (1) motion to compel cross-complainant Velisa Johnson to serve responses to cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain’s Form Interrogatories, Set One, and Special Interrogatories, Set One, (2) motion to compel cross-complainant Velisa Johnson to serve responses to cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain’s Request for Production of Documents, Set One, and (3) motion to deem the truth of the matters specified in cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain’s Request for Admissions, Set One, to cross-complainant Velisa Johnson, admitted.

Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 2030.290, the court orders cross-complainant Velisa Johnson to serve on cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain full and complete verified answers, without objections, to cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain’s Form Interrogatories, Set One, and Special Interrogatories, Set One, that comply with Code of Civil Procedure sections 2030.220 and 2030.250, subdivisions (a) and (b), within 20 days of the date of service of this order.

Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 2031.300, the court orders cross-complainant Velisa Johnson (1) to serve on cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain a written response, without objections, to cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain’s Request for Production of Documents, Set One, that complies with Code of Civil Procedure sections 2031.210-2031.250, and (2) to produce to cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain all documents and things in cross-complainant Velisa Johnson’s possession, custody, or control which are responsive to cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain’s Request for Production of Documents, Set One, within 20 days of the date of service of this order.

Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 2033.280, subdivision (b), the court orders that the truth of the matters specified in cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain’s Request for Admissions, Set One, to cross-complainant Velisa Johnson, are deemed admitted.

Cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain request monetary sanctions in the total amount of $1,665 ($555 for each motion) against cross-complainant Velisa Johnson. The court finds that a total of $840 (4 hours x $165 per hour for attorney’s fees + $60 filing fee x 3 motions) is a reasonable amount of sanctions to impose against cross-complainant Velisa Johnson on the three motions. The court therefore orders that cross-complainant Velisa Johnson shall pay monetary sanctions in the amount of $840 to cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain, within 30 days of the date of service of this order. (Code Civ. Proc., §§ 2030.290, subd. (c); 2031.300, subd. (c); 2033.280, subd. (c).)

The court orders cross-defendants EOL Builders, Frank Lavie, and Angus Chamberlain to give notice of this order.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

DATED: August 24, 2020

_____________________________

Robert B. Broadbelt III

Judge of the Superior Court

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