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PEACHES NONG JENSEN ET AL VS CHARON SOLUTIONS INC ET AL

Case Summary

On 09/19/2011 PEACHES NONG JENSEN filed a Personal Injury - Other Personal Injury lawsuit against CHARON SOLUTIONS INC. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Stanley Mosk Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The Judges overseeing this case are DALILA CORRAL LYONS, ELIZABETH ALLEN WHITE, KEVIN C. BRAZILE and EDWARD B. MORETON. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    ****9884

  • Filing Date:

    09/19/2011

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Other Personal Injury

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Stanley Mosk Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Presiding Judges

DALILA CORRAL LYONS

ELIZABETH ALLEN WHITE

KEVIN C. BRAZILE

EDWARD B. MORETON

 

Party Details

Plaintiffs

JENSEN PEACHES NONG

PEACHTREE FINANCIAL CORPORATION

Defendants

ASHKINADZE REGINA

BENTLEY GRAHAM A.

CHARON LAW

CHARON SOLUTIONS INC.

DOES 1 THROUGH 50

JUSTIN J SHRENGER MARCIN LAMBIRTH LLP

LAMBIRTH TIMOTHY

MARCIN JOHN B.

MARCIN LAMBIRTH

MILLER LISA

ROES 1-5

SEGAL PERRY LEONARD

SHRENGER JUSTIN J. LAW OFFICES OF

LAW CHARON

LAMBIRTH MARCIN

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorneys

RENFREW YVONNE M. LAW OFFICES OF

RENFREW YVONNE MARSELL

RENFREW YVONNE M.

TEPLINSKY MICHAEL E

Defendant Attorneys

JOSEFESBERG HENRY J. ESQ.

HENRY J. JOSEFSBERG ESQ

MARCIN LAMBIRTH LLP

NEMECEK & COLE

MURAD MARK I ESQ

JOSEFSBERG HENRY J.

 

Court Documents

Declaration - DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO COMPEL

5/3/2019: Declaration - DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO COMPEL

Order - ORDER FINAL RULING RE: DEFENDANT CHARON SOLUTIONS, INC.S MOTION TO COMPEL FURTHER RESPONSES TO REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION, SET FOUR, AND FORM INTERROGATORY NO. 17.1

6/21/2019: Order - ORDER FINAL RULING RE: DEFENDANT CHARON SOLUTIONS, INC.S MOTION TO COMPEL FURTHER RESPONSES TO REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION, SET FOUR, AND FORM INTERROGATORY NO. 17.1

Motion in Limine - MOTION IN LIMINE NO. TWO: PUNITIVE DAMAGES

8/13/2019: Motion in Limine - MOTION IN LIMINE NO. TWO: PUNITIVE DAMAGES

Opposition - OPPOSITION TO PLTF MIL NO. 4

11/25/2019: Opposition - OPPOSITION TO PLTF MIL NO. 4

Request for Judicial Notice - REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE OF PARTIES' PREVIOUSLY FILED MOTIONS IN LIMINE AND COURT'S ORDERS THEREON OF NOVEMBER 3, 2015

8/3/2020: Request for Judicial Notice - REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE OF PARTIES' PREVIOUSLY FILED MOTIONS IN LIMINE AND COURT'S ORDERS THEREON OF NOVEMBER 3, 2015

REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS' MOTION FOR MONETARY SANCTIONS AGAINST YVONNE RENFREW IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,857.00

8/31/2018: REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS' MOTION FOR MONETARY SANCTIONS AGAINST YVONNE RENFREW IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,857.00

Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses

12/31/2018: Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses

Notice of Ruling - NOTICE OF RULING GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANTS MOTION TO COMPEL FURTHER RESPONSES TO DEPOSITION QUESTIONS AND FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

3/20/2019: Notice of Ruling - NOTICE OF RULING GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANTS MOTION TO COMPEL FURTHER RESPONSES TO DEPOSITION QUESTIONS AND FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint)

4/2/2019: Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint)

NOTICE TO REPORTERS TO PREPARE TRANSCRIPT ON APPEAL

5/8/2012: NOTICE TO REPORTERS TO PREPARE TRANSCRIPT ON APPEAL

AMENDED - NOTICE TO REPORTERS TO PREPARE TRANSCRIPT ON APPEAL, ETC

6/18/2012: AMENDED - NOTICE TO REPORTERS TO PREPARE TRANSCRIPT ON APPEAL, ETC

DEFENDANTS? REPLY TO PLAINTIFFS? OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS? MOTION FOR MANDATORY APPELLATE ANTISLAPP ATTORNEYS? FEES; AND DECLARATION OF MARK SCHAEFFER

5/27/2014: DEFENDANTS? REPLY TO PLAINTIFFS? OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS? MOTION FOR MANDATORY APPELLATE ANTISLAPP ATTORNEYS? FEES; AND DECLARATION OF MARK SCHAEFFER

ORDER GRANTING MARCIN'S MOTION FOR MANDATORY APPELLATE ANTI-SLAPP ATTORNEYS' FEES

6/5/2014: ORDER GRANTING MARCIN'S MOTION FOR MANDATORY APPELLATE ANTI-SLAPP ATTORNEYS' FEES

OBJECTION TO ELECTRONIC DISPLAY OF EXHIBITS

10/16/2015: OBJECTION TO ELECTRONIC DISPLAY OF EXHIBITS

DEFENDANTS' REQUEST TO RESCHEDULE TRIAL FOR NOVEMBER 5 OR 6,2015

10/16/2015: DEFENDANTS' REQUEST TO RESCHEDULE TRIAL FOR NOVEMBER 5 OR 6,2015

PLAINTIFF'S MOTION IN LIMINE NO. 14: ETC.

11/13/2015: PLAINTIFF'S MOTION IN LIMINE NO. 14: ETC.

BENCH BRIEF: DEFENDANTS MISUNDERSTAND, AND SEEK TO HAVE THIS COURT ERRONEOUSLY APPLY, THE "LAW-OF-THE-CASE" DOCTRINE

12/1/2015: BENCH BRIEF: DEFENDANTS MISUNDERSTAND, AND SEEK TO HAVE THIS COURT ERRONEOUSLY APPLY, THE "LAW-OF-THE-CASE" DOCTRINE

DEFENDANTS' BRIEF RE SUPPLEMENTAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS

3/15/2016: DEFENDANTS' BRIEF RE SUPPLEMENTAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS

534 More Documents Available

 

Docket Entries

  • 03/26/2021
  • Hearing03/26/2021 at 08:30 AM in Department 78 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Hearing on Motion for Attorney Fees

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  • 01/05/2021
  • Hearing01/05/2021 at 09:30 AM in Department 78 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Final Status Conference

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  • 01/05/2021
  • Hearing01/05/2021 at 09:30 AM in Department 78 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Jury Trial

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  • 12/22/2020
  • DocketMotion in Limine (No. 19-Undisclosed and Irrelvant Witnesses); Filed by Perry Leonard Segal (Defendant)

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  • 12/18/2020
  • Docketat 08:30 AM in Department 78; Final Status Conference - Not Held - Advanced and Continued - by Court

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  • 12/09/2020
  • DocketExhibit List (DEFENDANTS? AMENDED EXHIBIT LIST); Filed by Charon Solutions, Inc. (Defendant); Perry Leonard Segal (Defendant)

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  • 11/30/2020
  • Docketat 3:27 PM in Department 78; Court Order

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  • 11/30/2020
  • DocketMinute Order ( (Court Order Re Continuance of Final Status Conference)); Filed by Clerk

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  • 11/30/2020
  • DocketCertificate of Mailing for ((Court Order Re Continuance of Final Status Conference) of 11/30/2020); Filed by Clerk

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  • 11/02/2020
  • DocketMotion for Attorney Fees; Filed by Charon Solutions, Inc. (Defendant)

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  • 11/07/2011
  • DocketDEFENDANTS MARCIN LAMBIRTII, LLP, JOHN B. MARCIN AND TIMOTHY A. LJAMBIRTHS REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL MOTION AND SPECIAL MOTION TO STRIKE PLAINTIFFS COMPLAINT (CODE CIV. PROC., 425.16, ET SEQ.)

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  • 11/07/2011
  • DocketNOTICE OF RELATED CASE AND APPLICATION FOR DETERMINATION OF SAME

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  • 11/07/2011
  • DocketMARCIN LAMBIRTH, LIP, JOHN B. MARCIN, AND TIMOTHY A. LAMBIRTHS NOTICE OF SPECIAL MOTION AND SPECIAL MOTION TO STRIKE PLAINTIFFS COMPLAINT (CODE CIV. PROC., 425.16, ETSEQ.); DECLARATIONS OF JOHN B. MARCIN, TIMOTHY A. LAMBIRTH, AND REGINA ASHKJNADZE IN SUP

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  • 10/11/2011
  • DocketORDER TO SHOW CAUSE HEARING

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  • 10/11/2011
  • DocketNotice of Case Management Conference; Filed by Clerk

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  • 10/11/2011
  • DocketNOTICE OF CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

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  • 10/11/2011
  • DocketOSC-Failure to File Proof of Serv; Filed by Clerk

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  • 09/19/2011
  • DocketSUMMONS

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  • 09/19/2011
  • DocketCOMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES {MALICIOUS PROSECUTION}

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  • 09/19/2011
  • DocketComplaint; Filed by null

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: BC469884    Hearing Date: September 16, 2020    Dept: 78

Superior Court of California

County of Los Angeles

Department 78

linda whitcombe;

Plaintiff,

vs.

david raphael olan, et al.;

Defendants.

Case No.:

19STCV14960

Hearing Date:

September 16, 2020

[TENTATIVE] RULING RE:

Defendants BROCKMEIER LAW GROUP AND JOHN A. BROCKMEIER’S Motion to Strike Portions of PLAINTIFF’S SECOND AMENDED Complaint

Defendants Brockmeier Law Group and John A. Brockmeier’s Motion to Strike Portions of Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint is DENIED.

Factual Background

This is an action for legal malpractice. The First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) alleges as follows. Plaintiff Linda Whitcombe (“Whitcombe”) filed a personal injury lawsuit following an injury in October 2011. (SAC ¶ 6.) On March 30, 2017, Whitcombe’s attorney (non-Defendant John Howard) referred the case to Defendant David Raphael Olan at the Olan Law Corporation (collectively, “Olan”). (SAC ¶ 7.) Olan had Whitcombe sign a new agreement with Olan, which increased the attorney fee percentage from 40 to 45% and added a surcharge for expenses. (SAC ¶ 9.) Before trial, Olan associated with lead trial counsel Defendant John Brockmeier at the Brockmeier Law Group, P.C. (collectively “Brockmeier”). (SAC ¶ 10.) The FAC alleges that Brockmeier and Olan made strategic mistakes, failed to file certain documents, were unprepared for trial, and pressured Whitcombe to accept a low settlement offer. (SAC ¶¶ 11-14.)

procedural history

Whitcombe filed the Complaint on April 30, 2019, and then filed the FAC without seeking leave from the Court on September 16, 2019, alleging two causes of action:

  1. Professional Negligence

  2. Breach of Fiduciary Duty

On February 20, 2020, Whitcombe filed a Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) without seeking leave from the Court.

On March 3, 2020, this Court granted Olan and Brockmeier’s Motions to Strike Portions of the FAC.

On March 11, 2020, Whitcombe filed another SAC, alleging the same two causes of action.

On May 14, 2020, Brockmeier filed the present Motion to Strike Portions of the SAC.

On September 3, 2020, Whitcombe filed an Opposition.

On September 9, 2020, Brockmeier filed a Reply.

Discussion

  1. REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE

The court may take judicial notice of “[f]acts and propositions that are not reasonably subject to dispute and are capable of immediate and accurate determination by resort to sources of reasonably indisputable accuracy.” (Evid. Code § 452.)

Brockmeier seeks judicial notice of an email sent June 6, 2019 that is referenced in the SAC ¶ 26. The Court DENIES this request as not judicially noticeable.

  1. MOTION TO STRIKE

Any party, within the time allowed to respond to a pleading, may serve and file a notice of motion to strike the whole or any part thereof. (Code Civ. Proc., § 435(b)(1)). The notice of motion to strike a portion of a pleading shall quote in full the portions sought to be stricken except where the motion is to strike an entire paragraph, cause of action, count or defense. (California Rules of Court Rule 3.1322.)

The grounds for a motion to strike shall appear on the face of the challenged pleading or form any matter of which the court is required to take judicial notice. (Code Civ. Proc., § 437(a)). The court then may strike out any irrelevant, false, or improper matter inserted in any pleading and strike out all or any part of any pleading not drawn or filed in conformity with the laws of this state, a court rule, or an order of the court. (Code Civ. Proc., § 436.) When the defect which justifies striking a complaint is capable of cure, the court should allow leave to amend. (Perlman v. Municipal Court (1979) 99 Cal.App.3d 568, 575.)

Brockmeier moves to strike the SAC’s Prayer ¶ 3 for punitive/exemplary damages and the allegations of Defendants’ malicious/fraudulent behavior in ¶ 40, p. 15, lines 7-11, and ¶ 42, p. 15, lines 17-24. (Motion at p. ii.)

Punitive damages are allowed in non-contract cases when a defendant is guilty of “oppression, fraud, or malice . . . .” (Civ. Code § 3294.) The terms are defined as:

  1. “Malice” means conduct which is intended by the defendant to cause injury to the plaintiff or despicable conduct which is carried on by the defendant with a willful and conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others.

  2. “Oppression” means despicable conduct that subjects a person to cruel and unjust hardship in conscious disregard of that person's rights.

  3. “Fraud” means an intentional misrepresentation, deceit, or concealment of a material fact known to the defendant with the intention on the part of the defendant of thereby depriving a person of property or legal rights or otherwise causing injury.

Something more than the mere commission of a tort is always required for punitive damages. (Taylor v. Superior Court (1979) 24 Cal.3d 890, 894.) Proof of negligence, gross negligence, or recklessness is insufficient to warrant an award of punitive damages. (Dawes v. Sup.Ct. (Mardian) (1980) 111 Cal.App.3d 82, 88–89.) Punitive damages may be recovered in an action for negligence or other nonintentional torts if the plaintiff pleads and proves that the defendant acted with the state of mind described as “conscious disregard” of the potential dangers to others. (Pfeifer v. John Crane, Inc. (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 1270, 1299.) When malice is based on a defendant’s conscious disregard of Plaintiff’s rights, the conduct must be both despicable and willful. (College Hospital v. Superior Court (1994) 8 Cal.4th 794, 713 (“College Hospital”).)

A breach of fiduciary duty alone without malice, fraud, or oppression does not permit an award of punitive damages. (Scott v. Phoenix Schools, Inc. (2009) 175 Cal.App.4th 702, 716.) “Punitive damages are appropriate if the defendant's acts are reprehensible, fraudulent or in blatant violation of law or policy. The mere carelessness or ignorance of the defendant does not justify the imposition of punitive damages.... Punitive damages are proper only when the tortious conduct rises to levels of extreme indifference to the plaintiff's rights, a level which decent citizens should not have to tolerate.” (Id. at 715-716.)

The SAC alleges in the Second Cause of Action for Breach of Fiduciary Duties that the Defendants, including Brockmeier, failed to timely release Whitcombe’s net settlement proceeds to pressure and intimidate her into waiving any claims that she had against them. (SAC ¶ 39.) In Opposition, Whitcombe points the Court to various allegations of fraudulent behavior in the SAC. (Oppo. at pp. 5-10.) Most of the allegations in the SAC are regarding actions by Olan, not Brockmeier, who has brought this Motion.

However, the SAC alleges as to Brockmeier that on June 6, 2019, Olan and Brockmeier emailed Whitcombe a proposed settlement breakdown that did not increase her settlement amount by the amount of non-party Howard’s fees that he agreed to waive. (SAC ¶ 26.) Further, that Olan and Brockmeier refused to release Whitcombe’s settlement unless she agreed to release all claims against them. (SAC ¶ 26.)

The greater issue, here, is that Brockmeier is using an improper motion to challenge the allegations going to punitive damages in the SAC. A demurrer is the appropriate motion for Brockmeier to challenge the allegations in the SAC. “[A] motion to strike is generally used to reach defects in a pleading which are not subject to demurrer. A motion to strike does not lie to attack a complaint for insufficiency of allegations to justify relief; that is a ground for general demurrer.” (Pierson v. Sharp Memorial Hospital, Inc. (1989) 216 Cal.App.3d 340, 342.) Further, Brockmeier seeks to challenge the allegations based on the validity of the email sent on June 6, 2019. A Motion to Strike may not be based on extrinsic evidence showing that allegations are false, and the email in question is not judicially noticeable. Where a party needs to introduce extrinsic evidence to show than an allegation is false, the proper motion is a Motion for Summary Judgment. (Code Civ. Proc. § 473c.)

The Court finds that Brockmeier has not established sufficient reason, on the face of the pleadings, to strike the allegations going to punitive damages. The SAC corrects the defects in the FAC and now makes numerous relevant factual allegations against the Defendants. The SAC alleges various claims of fraudulent conduct/misrepresentations by Brockmeier in seeking to compel Whitcombe to accept an undesirable settlement while retaining the fees waived by Howard for themselves. (SAC ¶¶ 25-28.)

The Motion to Strike is therefore DENIED.

DATED: September 16, 2020

______________________________

Hon. Robert S. Draper

Judge of the Superior Court

Case Number: BC469884    Hearing Date: September 15, 2020    Dept: 78

Superior Court of California

County of Los Angeles

Department 78

PEACHES NONG JENSEN, et al.;

Plaintiffs,

vs.

CHARON SOLUTIONS, INC., et al.;

Defendants.

Case No.:

BC469884

Hearing Date:

September 15, 2020

[TENTATIVE]RULING RE:

former plaintiff peachree fiancial corp.’s motion to quash Defendant Charon Solutions, Inc.’s Motion to Compel Further Responses and to quash demand for further production of documenTs

The facts relating to this case are fully set forth in prior Rulings by the Court. Although the motions here are styled as discovery motions, Former Plaintiff Peachtree Financial Corp. (“ Peachtree”) and Defendant Charon Solutions, Inc. (“Charon”) have agreed that the Court’s ruling on one issue will be dispositive. The issue is whether Charon was been awarded $12,320 in attorney’s fees in connection with its successful Anti SLAPP motion in 2012 or whether the request for $12,320 in attorney’s fees was taxed so that correct award is $4400.

The parties have agreed that if the correct amount is $4400, the judgment for costs has been paid in full. If the award was $12,320, Peachtree has agreed to pay the full amount found by the Court to be due. For the reasons stated below, the Court finds that the attorney’s fees awarded to Charon in connection with its successful Anti SLAPP motion was $4400 and the judgment against Peachtree has been paid in full.

The Memorandum of Costs at issue here was filed by counsel for Charon on May 7, 2012. As relevant to this ruling the cost bill listed as item 10 attorney’s fees in the amount of $12,320 and as item 11 cost for models and blowups in the amount of $444.73

On July 17, 2012 the Court heard, inter alia, Peachtree’s motion to tax costs. In connection with that hearing, the Court issued a tentative ruling which contained an extensive legal analysis relating to the request for attorney’s fees. After this analysis, the Tentative Ruling stated: “Therefore, attorney’s fees should be allowed as follows: 17.6 hrs at a rate of $250/hr for a total award of $4400. The motion to tax is therefore granted in part as to item 10. Item 10 is. taxed in the amount of $7920.00.” The tentative ruling also taxed item number 11, the $444.73 request for the costs of models and blowups of by striking it in its entirety.

The list of Tentative Rulings distributed by the court on July 17, 2012 stated the same ruling: “GRANTED as to item 10 in the amount of $7920 and item 11 in the amount of $444.73. See attached legal analysis.” The minute order for that hearing, however, stated:“The motion to Tax Costs is GRANTED as to items 10 in the amount of $443.73. Pursuant to the legal analysis attached to the tentative ruling given to counsel’”

Charon contends that the July 17, 2012 minute order reflects a ruling by the Court rejecting Peachtree’s motion to tax the attorney’s fees in total. In light of the evidence, however, the Court finds that the minute order of July 17, 2012 was a result of a clerical error and that the Courts intended ruling was as set forth in the Tentative Ruling. It is telling that although Charon’s current counsel was present at the July 17, 2012 hearing, no declaration has been filed explaining why the minute order, which stated that the ruling was “ Pursuant to the legal analysis attached to the tentative ruling given to counsel,” was in fact inconsistent with that tentative ruling. Nor is there any declaration stating what arguments were made to “turn the court around.” There also is no other explanation for the fact that item 11 for models and blowup costs of $443.73 was listed as item 10 in the minute order..

On April 26, 2019 Charon filed another memorandum of costs labeled “Memorandum of Costs After Judgment, Acknowledgment of Credit, and Declaration of Accrued Interest.” Charon listed the sum of $12,320 as “All previously allowed postjudgment costs” along with later costs incurred in attempting to enforce the judgment in that Memorandum of Costs. Charon now claims that because Peachtree did not file a motion to tax these costs, the act of filing the Memorandum of Costs is dispositive on the issue of whether the $12,320 in attorney’s fees is owed.

As Peachtree points out, however, a party cannot create a right to attorney’s fees simply by filing a Memorandum of Costs. Under Code of Civil Procedure §1033.5, attorney’s fees are allowable only if authorized by contract, statute or law. The Court has held that the order of July 17, 2012 did not entitle Charon to the attorney’s fees it now claims. And even if the Memorandum of Costs had been recorded or accepted by the Court’s clerk, which it was not, these attorney’s fees still could not be properly awarded because only allowable costs may be awarded absent a ruling by the Court.

For all the above reasons, and based on the party’s stipulation, the Court finds that the Judgment for Costs against Charon has been satisfied in full, the Motions to Quash are GRANTED the Motion to Compel Further Responses are DENIED.

DATED: September 15, 2020

________________________________

Hon. Robert S. Draper

Judge of the Superior Court