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EDWARD MOKHTARIAN ET AL VS RICHARD SAPERSTEIN ET AL

Case Summary

On 09/23/2016 EDWARD MOKHTARIAN filed a Contract - Other Contract lawsuit against RICHARD SAPERSTEIN. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Stanley Mosk Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    ****5257

  • Filing Date:

    09/23/2016

  • 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

 

Party Details

Plaintiffs and Petitioners

MOKHTARIAN STELLA

MOKHTARIAN EDMUND

MOKHTARIAN EDWARD

AGHAEIAN ARMEN

MOKHTARIAN ROBERT

BANUELOS ALEXANDRA

KHRIMYAN ZINAIDA

GOOD VIBES PRODUCTIONS LLC

KALANTARYAN GEVORG

Defendants and Respondents

SAPERSTEIN RICHARD

GENRE COMPANY INC. THE

DOES 1 THROUGH 100

WITTEN BRIAN

ELYSIUM FILMS INC.

SCHUR & SUGARMAN CPA'S A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION

SILENT KNIGHT PRODUCTIONS LLC

BARREN PRODUCTIONS LLC

STORYSCAPE ENTERTAINMENT LLC FKA SUPER ENTERTAINMENT

IMAGINARY WORKSHOPS LLC

KNIGHT ERRANT PRODUCTIONS LLC

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Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff and Petitioner Attorneys

LINDGREN LINDGREN OEHM & YOU LLP

JAMISON GUY EVANS

LINDGREN LESLIE BIGLER

Defendant Attorney

RUFUS-ISAACS ALEXANDER GERALD

 

Court Documents

Association of Attorney

12/6/2018: Association of Attorney

Minute Order

12/6/2018: Minute Order

Minute Order

12/6/2018: Minute Order

Motion for Order

1/8/2019: Motion for Order

Notice of Motion

2/22/2019: Notice of Motion

Application

2/27/2019: Application

Notice of Motion

2/27/2019: Notice of Motion

Minute Order

3/4/2019: Minute Order

Motion for Summary Adjudication

3/8/2019: Motion for Summary Adjudication

Motion for Summary Adjudication

3/8/2019: Motion for Summary Adjudication

Exhibit List

3/8/2019: Exhibit List

Request for Judicial Notice

3/8/2019: Request for Judicial Notice

Reply

3/12/2019: Reply

Amendment to Complaint (Fictitious/Incorrect Name)

3/15/2019: Amendment to Complaint (Fictitious/Incorrect Name)

Request for Judicial Notice

5/20/2019: Request for Judicial Notice

Request for Judicial Notice

5/20/2019: Request for Judicial Notice

Reply

6/10/2019: Reply

DEFENDANTS' NOTICE OF MOTION TO QUASH AND MOTION TO QUASH PLAINTIFFS' BUSINESS RECORDS SUBPOENAS ON CITY NATIONAL BANK; ETC

5/3/2017: DEFENDANTS' NOTICE OF MOTION TO QUASH AND MOTION TO QUASH PLAINTIFFS' BUSINESS RECORDS SUBPOENAS ON CITY NATIONAL BANK; ETC

210 More Documents Available

 

Docket Entries

  • 06/12/2019
  • Separate Statement; Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 06/10/2019
  • Reply ( IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION AGAINST ROSET MARKAMIAN); Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 06/10/2019
  • Reply (IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION AGAINST ALEXANDRA BANUELOS); Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 06/10/2019
  • Reply (IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION AGAINST SARO DIASHIAN); Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 06/10/2019
  • Reply ( IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION AGAINST ZINAIDA KHRIMYAN); Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 06/10/2019
  • Reply (IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION AGAINST ROBERT MOKHTARIAN); Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 06/10/2019
  • Reply ( IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION AGAINST TAMAR KARADOLIAN); Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 06/10/2019
  • Reply (IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION AGAINST ARMOND AGHANIAN); Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 06/10/2019
  • Reply (IN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION AGAINST EDMUND); Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 06/10/2019
  • Declaration (OF ALEXANDER RUFUS-ISAACS IN RESPONSE TO DECLARATION OF LESLIE LINDGREN SEEKING CONTINUANCE OF HEARING OF MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION); Filed by Elysium Films Inc. (Defendant); The Genre Company Inc. (Defendant); Richard Saperstein (Defendant) et al.

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  • 11/02/2016
  • Proof-Service/Summons

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  • 10/28/2016
  • Notice of Case Management Conference; Filed by Clerk

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  • 10/28/2016
  • NOTICE OF CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

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  • 10/19/2016
  • at 08:30 AM in Department 308; (Order-Complex Determination; Case Determined to be non-Complex) -

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  • 10/19/2016
  • Minute Order

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  • 10/19/2016
  • Minute order entered: 2016-10-19 00:00:00; Filed by Clerk

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  • 09/27/2016
  • Summons; Filed by Edward Mokhtarian (Plaintiff)

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  • 09/27/2016
  • SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL)

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  • 09/23/2016
  • VERIFIED COMPLAINT 1) BREACH OF CONTRACT; ETC

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  • 09/23/2016
  • Complaint; Filed by Edmund Mokhtarian (Plaintiff); Robert Mokhtarian (Plaintiff); Stella Mokhtarian (Plaintiff)

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: BC635257    Hearing Date: March 26, 2020    Dept: 19

1.  Motion No. 11:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Adjudication against Plaintiff Gevorg Kalantaryan (MOTION NO. 11) is GRANTED in parte and DENIED in part, as described below. Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and tenth causes of action. Summary adjudication is DENIED as to the first, second, and ninth causes of action. 

Plaintiff has raised a triable issue of material fact as to the definition of "deadline" and whether Defendants breached section 2 and 3 of the Note.   

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

2. Motion No. 12:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Adjudication against Plaintiff Roset Markamian (MOTION NO. 12) is GRANTED in parte and DENIED in part, as described below. Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and tenth causes of action. Summary adjudication is DENIED as to the first, second, and ninth causes of action.  Defendants have failed to meet their initial burden of showing that there was no breach. Further, analysis shows that Plaintiff has raised a triable issue of material fact as to the definition of "deadline" and whether Defendants breached section 2 and 3 of the Note.  

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

3. Motion No. 3:

After full consideration of the paper s and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Adjudication against Plaintiff Tamar Koradolian as Assignee of James Sabina (MOTION NO. 3) is GRANTED in its entirety (fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth causes of action).

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

4. Motion No. 8:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Adjudication against Plaintiff Alexandra Banuelos (MOTION NO. 8) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part, as described below.

Summary adjudication is GRANTED on the first and second causes of action as to the Note dated August 1, 2013 (“Note no. 1”). Summary adjudication is DENIED on the first and second causes of action as to the Note dated August 28, 2014 (“Note no. 2”) for $50,000 re Toxic Avenger, and the Note dated August 28, 2014 (“Note no. 3”) for $50,000 re Screwtape Letters.

Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the third cause of action with respect to Note nos. 1, 2, and 3.

Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh causes of action.

The Court notes that Defendants did not move for summary adjudication as to the Note dated November 6, 2013 re: The Blob. Defendants also did not move for summary adjudication of the eighth, ninth, and tenth causes of action.

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

5. Motion No. 6:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s (“Defendants”) Motion for Summary Judgment against PLAINTIFF GOOD VIBES PRODUCTIONS, LLC (MOTION NO. 6) is GRANTED in full.

Defendants to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal for all causes of action as to Plaintiff.

Defendants to give notice.

6. Motion No. 1:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s (“Defendants”) Motion for Summary Judgment against PLAINTIFF SARO DIASHIAN (MOTION NO. 1) is GRANTED in full.

Defendants to lodge a proposed order.

Defendants to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal for all causes of action as to Plaintiff.

Defendants to give notice.

7. Motion No. 9:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment Against Plaintiff Armond Aghanian (Motion No. 9) is DENIED.

Defendants and Cross-Complainants Motion For Summary Adjudication is DENIED in part as to the First, Second and Ninth Causes of Action.   Plaintiff has raised a triable issue of material fact as to the definition of "deadline" and whether Defendants breached section 2 and 3 of the Note.  The motion is GRANTED in part as to the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Causes of Action.

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

8. Motion No. 5:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc. Motion Summary Adjudication Against Plaintiff Stella Mokhtarian (Motion No. 5) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.

Summary Adjudication is GRANTED on the First and Second causes of action, but only as to the June Agreement (FAC ¶¶ 63-71), the October Agreement (FAC ¶¶72-80), and December Agreement (FAC ¶¶ 107-115). Summary Adjudication is DENIED on the First and Second causes of action as to the 2015 Note (FAC ¶¶129-136).

Summary Adjudication is GRANTED on the Third cause of action as to the June Agreement, the October Agreement, the December Agreement, and the 2015 Note.

Defendants have not moved for summary adjudication on the other contracts alleged in the FAC.

Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Causes of Action.

Defendants to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this ruling.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

9. Motion No. 2:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment against Plaintiff Armond Ghazarian (Motion No. 2) is GRANTED in its entirety.

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

PLEASE NOTE: THE COURT WILL FILE A MORE DETAILED FINAL WRITTEN RULING FOR EACH OF THE ABOVE MOTIONS AFTER THE HEARING OR UPON SUBMISSION BY THE PARTIES AS TO THIS TENTATIVE RULING.

Case Number: BC635257    Hearing Date: February 25, 2020    Dept: 19

1.  Motion No. 11:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Adjudication against Plaintiff Gevorg Kalantaryan (MOTION NO. 11) is GRANTED in parte and DENIED in part, as described below. Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and tenth causes of action. Summary adjudication is DENIED as to the first, second, and ninth causes of action. 

Plaintiff has raised a triable issue of material fact as to the definition of "deadline" and whether Defendants breached section 2 and 3 of the Note.   

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

2. Motion No. 12:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Adjudication against Plaintiff Roset Markamian (MOTION NO. 12) is GRANTED in parte and DENIED in part, as described below. Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and tenth causes of action. Summary adjudication is DENIED as to the first, second, and ninth causes of action.  Defendants have failed to meet their initial burden of showing that there was no breach. Further, analysis shows that Plaintiff has raised a triable issue of material fact as to the definition of "deadline" and whether Defendants breached section 2 and 3 of the Note.  

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

3. Motion No. 3:

After full consideration of the paper s and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Adjudication against Plaintiff Tamar Koradolian as Assignee of James Sabina (MOTION NO. 3) is GRANTED in its entirety (fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth causes of action).

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

4. Motion No. 8:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Adjudication against Plaintiff Alexandra Banuelos (MOTION NO. 8) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part, as described below.

Summary adjudication is GRANTED on the first and second causes of action as to the Note dated August 1, 2013 (“Note no. 1”). Summary adjudication is DENIED on the first and second causes of action as to the Note dated August 28, 2014 (“Note no. 2”) for $50,000 re Toxic Avenger, and the Note dated August 28, 2014 (“Note no. 3”) for $50,000 re Screwtape Letters.

Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the third cause of action with respect to Note nos. 1, 2, and 3.

Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh causes of action.

The Court notes that Defendants did not move for summary adjudication as to the Note dated November 6, 2013 re: The Blob. Defendants also did not move for summary adjudication of the eighth, ninth, and tenth causes of action.

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

5. Motion No. 6:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s (“Defendants”) Motion for Summary Judgment against PLAINTIFF GOOD VIBES PRODUCTIONS, LLC (MOTION NO. 6) is GRANTED in full.

Defendants to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal for all causes of action as to Plaintiff.

Defendants to give notice.

6. Motion No. 1:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s (“Defendants”) Motion for Summary Judgment against PLAINTIFF SARO DIASHIAN (MOTION NO. 1) is GRANTED in full.

Defendants to lodge a proposed order.

Defendants to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal for all causes of action as to Plaintiff.

Defendants to give notice.

7. Motion No. 9:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment Against Plaintiff Armond Aghanian (Motion No. 9) is DENIED.

Defendants and Cross-Complainants Motion For Summary Adjudication is DENIED in part as to the First, Second and Ninth Causes of Action.   Plaintiff has raised a triable issue of material fact as to the definition of "deadline" and whether Defendants breached section 2 and 3 of the Note.  The motion is GRANTED in part as to the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Causes of Action.

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

8. Motion No. 5:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc. Motion Summary Adjudication Against Plaintiff Stella Mokhtarian (Motion No. 5) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.

Summary Adjudication is GRANTED on the First and Second causes of action, but only as to the June Agreement (FAC ¶¶ 63-71), the October Agreement (FAC ¶¶72-80), and December Agreement (FAC ¶¶ 107-115). Summary Adjudication is DENIED on the First and Second causes of action as to the 2015 Note (FAC ¶¶129-136).

Summary Adjudication is GRANTED on the Third cause of action as to the June Agreement, the October Agreement, the December Agreement, and the 2015 Note.

Defendants have not moved for summary adjudication on the other contracts alleged in the FAC.

Summary adjudication is GRANTED as to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Causes of Action.

Defendants to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this ruling.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

9. Motion No. 2:

After full consideration of the papers and evidence filed, and inferences reasonably drawn therefrom, as well as oral argument at the hearing, Defendants and Cross-Complainants Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten, The Genre Company, Inc., and Elysium Films, Inc.’s Motion for Summary Judgment against Plaintiff Armond Ghazarian (Motion No. 2) is GRANTED in its entirety.

Defendants are ordered to lodge a proposed judgment of dismissal consistent with this decision.

Counsel for Defendants to give notice.

PLEASE NOTE: THE COURT WILL FILE A MORE DETAILED FINAL WRITTEN RULING FOR EACH OF THE ABOVE MOTIONS AFTER THE HEARING OR UPON SUBMISSION BY THE PARTIES AS TO THIS TENTATIVE RULING.