On 12/12/2014 MARIA LOPEZ-TRUJILLO filed a Personal Injury - Motor Vehicle lawsuit against RENAE MARTICORENA. 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.
Pending - Other Pending
Los Angeles County Superior Courts
Stanley Mosk Courthouse
Los Angeles, California
DOES 1 THROUGH 50
LAW OFFICES OF BOB B. KHAKSHOOY
12/12/2014: PLAINTIFFS? COMPLAINTS FOR DAMAGES FOR: 1. MOTOR VEHICLE NEGLIGENCE; ETC
5/27/2016: Minute Order
7/28/2016: Minute Order
8/4/2016: PROOF OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS
9/6/2016: ANSWER TO COMPLAINT
9/9/2016: NOTICE OF ASSOCIATION OF COUNSEL
9/26/2016: Minute Order
1/5/2017: DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
6/2/2017: NOTICE OF CHANGE OF FIRM NAME
9/14/2017: Minute Order
12/12/2017: Minute Order
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Case Number: BC566686 Hearing Date: December 03, 2019 Dept: 3
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES - CENTRAL DISTRICT
RENAE MARTICORENA, ET AL.,
CASE NO: BC566686
[TENTATIVE] ORDER GRANTING PETITIONS TO APPROVE COMPROMISES OF MINORS
December 3, 2019
Plaintiffs, Maria Lopez-Trujillo, Priscilla Ortiz-Lopez, Juvenal Ortiz, Priscilla Ortiz, and Asael Lopez filed this action against Defendant, Rene Marticorena for damages arising out of an automobile accident.
At this time, Priscilla Ortiz-Lopez seeks approval of a compromise between Ezequiel Ortiz Lopez, age 8, and Defendant. Additionally, Maria Lopez-Trujillo seeks approval of compromises between Juvenal Ortiz, age 16 and Asael Ortiz, age 17, and Defendant.
The Court previously denied the petitions on a number of grounds. Notably, the five-year dismissal statute in the case is set to run on 12/12/19, making time of the essence in connection with these petitions.
The Court previously expressed concern that Ezequiel is not a named plaintiff in the action. The Court cannot find any record of Ezequiel being named in the action. The Court wishes to address this with Counsel at the time of the hearing. The Court is concerned about approving a compromise in favor of a non-party to the lawsuit.
The other two petitions continue to have minor irregularities, but the Court is inclined to go forward in ruling on the petitions despite the defects. By way of example, at ¶18, Petitioners indicate there are no other fees being paid, which is clearly incorrect, as fees are being paid in connection with each of the three petitions, and likely in connection with the adult plaintiffs’ settlements also.
Pursuant to CRC 7.952, Petitioners and Claimants must appear and testify unless the Court finds good cause to excuse their appearance. Ezequiel is eight years old, and the Court will excuse his appearance. Juvenal and Asael are sixteen and seventeen, and the Court will require them to appear and testify before approving the settlement. Both Petitioners must also appear and testify. The Court specifically wishes to hear testimony concerning what amount of the adult plaintiffs’ settlements is being paid as attorneys’ fees. The Court will likely reduce the minor claimants’ attorneys’ fees from 30% to 25% after hearing argument.
Plaintiffs are ordered to give notice.