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SAMUEL NEVARREZ VS. SAN MARINO SKILLED NURSING AND WELLNESS

Case Summary

On 04/14/2010 SAMUEL NEVARREZ filed a Personal Injury - Elder/Dependant Adult Abuse lawsuit against SAN MARINO SKILLED NURSING AND WELLNESS. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Glendale Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The Judges overseeing this case are C. EDWARD SIMPSON, LAURA A. MATZ and SAMANTHA P. JESSNER. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    ****5033

  • Filing Date:

    04/14/2010

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Elder/Dependant Adult Abuse

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Glendale Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Presiding Judges

C. EDWARD SIMPSON

LAURA A. MATZ

SAMANTHA P. JESSNER

 

Party Details

Plaintiffs

SCHROEDER NEVARREZ SUSAN

NEVARREZ SAMUEL

Defendants and Cross Defendants

COUNTRY VILLA SERVICE CORP

COUNTRY VILLA SERVICE CORPORATION

SAN MARINO SKILLED NURSING AND WELLNESS

COUNTRY VILLA HEALTH SERVICES

RECHNITZ SHLOMO DOE 4

WELLNESS CENTRE

GARRET LOUBE AN INDIVIDUAL DOE 3

PARK MARINO CONVALESCENT CENTER INC.

SMSN HOLDINGS LLC DOE 2

SAN MARINO SKILLED NURSING

NEVARREZ LYSA

NEVARREZ DAVID

Defendants and Cross Plaintiffs

SAN MARINO SKILLED NURSING AND WELLNESS

ESTATE OF SUSAN SCHROEDER

NEVARREZ ADAM

Others

JEFFER MANGELS BUTLER & MITCHELL LLP

ALBRECHT SCOTT R.

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorneys

SAMUELS GREEN & STEEL LLP

MORAN LAW

MORAN MICHAEL F.

Defendant Attorneys

YEE JAMES E.

DEUTSCH JOEL D.

NEIL DYMOTT FRANK MCFALL TREXLER

WILSON WILLIAM C.

JEFFERS MANGEL BUTLER & MARMARO

NEIL DYMOTT FRANK MCFALL & TREXLER

GARCIA ARTIGLIERE & SCHADRACK

EISENBERG JOSEPH A.

WILSON GETTY LLP

Cross Defendant Attorney

JEFFER MANGELS BUTLER & MITCHELL LLP

 

Court Documents

Minute Order

3/13/2014: Minute Order

ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE TO IC COURT AND VACATING ALL FUTURE DATES CALENDARED IN PERSONAL INJURY HUB COURT

3/13/2014: ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE TO IC COURT AND VACATING ALL FUTURE DATES CALENDARED IN PERSONAL INJURY HUB COURT

SUBSTITUTION OF ATTORNEY

3/25/2014: SUBSTITUTION OF ATTORNEY

 

Docket Entries

  • 01/22/2016
  • Notice (OF CONTINUANCE OF MOTION FOR SUMMARY ASJUDICATION HEARING ) Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 12/04/2015
  • Declaration (OF JOEL D. DEUTSCH IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION ) Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 12/04/2015
  • Mtn for Summary Adjud of Issues Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 12/04/2015
  • Order (APPOINTING COURT APPROVED REPORTER AS OFFICIAL REPORTER PRO TEMPORE ) Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 12/04/2015
  • Miscellaneous-Other (EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION ) Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 12/04/2015
  • Declaration (OF GARRETT LOUBE IN SUPPORT ) Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 12/03/2015
  • Declaration (OF SHLOMO RECHNITZ IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION ) Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 11/25/2015
  • Reply to Opposition (TO DEFENDANTS' MOTION FOR PROTECT- IVE ORDER ) Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 11/17/2015
  • Opposition (TO MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER ) Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 10/27/2015
  • Motion (FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER ) Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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204 More Docket Entries
  • 09/20/2010
  • Opposition (motion ) Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 09/13/2010
  • Motion for Preference Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 09/07/2010
  • Order (TO CONTINUE CMC ) Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 09/03/2010
  • Stipulation (TO CONTINUE CMC ) Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 05/26/2010
  • Answer to Complaint Filed Filed by Attorney for Defendant

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  • 05/13/2010
  • Proof of Service (by mail on 5/3/10 ) Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 05/13/2010
  • Proof-Service/Summons (Substituted service ) Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 05/05/2010
  • Proof of Service (Summons/complaint Substituted service ) Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 05/05/2010
  • Proof of Service (summons/complaint by mail ) Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 04/14/2010
  • Complaint Filed

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: GC045033    Hearing Date: December 11, 2020    Dept: E

MOTION FOR LEAVE TO INTERVENE

[CCP § 387]

Date: 12/11/20 (2:00 PM)

Case: Nevarrez v. San Marino Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre, LLC (GC045033)

TENATIVE RULING:

Proposed Intervenor Hussam M. Khatib’s Motion to Intervene and for Leave to File Complaint in Intervention is DENIED.

Plaintiff Adam Nevarrez’s requests for judicial notice (“RJN”) as to Exhibits 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9 and supplemental requests for judicial notice as to Exhibits 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 are GRANTED, pursuant to Evidence Code § 452(d).

Plaintiff’s requests for judicial notice as to Exhibits 2, 5, and 8 and supplemental requests for judicial notice as to Exhibits 1 and 5 are GRANTED, but only for the existence of the documents, not the truth of the matters asserted therein. (Evid. Code § 452(d); Sosinsky v. Grant (1992) 6 Cal.App.4th 1548, 1564-69.)

On March 13, 2017, third party Hussam M. Khatib filed this motion seeking leave to intervene in this action. Khatib argued that, under prior successor in interest Susan Schroeder’s Will, he is the designated executor and majority beneficiary of her Estate, the primary asset of which was and is this lawsuit, and that through a series of misrepresentations, the attorneys representing plaintiff in this matter, who previously represented decedent, convinced Khatib to refuse executorship and disclaim his interest in the Estate of Susan Schroeder (“Estate”). Khatib also requested a stay in this matter pending determination of Khatib’s petition in a probate matter for an order appointing Khatib the executor and administrator of the Estate and recognizing him as a beneficiary.

This motion has been continued several times since April 2017 to permit Khatib to pursue such relief in the Probate Court.

On October 5, 2018, after a trial, the Probate Court determined that Khatib’s disclaimer of all rights under Schroeder’s Will was valid and that Adam Nevarrez would remain as administrator of the Estate. (RJN Ex. 9.) On June 1, 2020, the Court of Appeal reversed, finding that the declaration disclaiming all rights under Schroeder’s Will was invalid, but that Khatib’s “Authorization,” wherein he assigned his right to recover money in this action in exchange for a percentage of the recovery in this action remains valid. (RJN Ex. 1 [“Opinion”] at 14-15.) The Court of Appeal declined to reinstate Khatib as executor, leaving it to the Probate Court to decide. (Opinion at 14-16.)

This motion was re-set for hearing on October 16, 2020. On that date, the Court continued the hearing to allow plaintiff Adam Nevarrez and Khatib to present supplemental briefing regarding whether Adam Nevarrez is entitled to continue prosecuting this action either as the assignee of this “chose in action” or as the Administrator of the Estate, regardless of whether Khatib is reinstated by the Probate Court as the executor of the Estate. The Court ordered simultaneous supplemental briefing to be filed and served no later than November 6, 2020. The Court ordered simultaneous responses to be filed and served no later than November 20, 2020.

Based on the supplemental briefing, plaintiff and Khatib agree that the Court of Appeal found that Khatib assigned his interest in this “chose in action,” i.e. any monetary recovery in this action under Civil Code § 953, to the Nevarrez family. (Opinion at 14-15; Flint Decl. ¶ 10 & Ex. B.) However, plaintiff and Khatib dispute whether the Estate owns the chose in action after Khatib’s assignment.

The Court of Appeal held that “invalidation of the disclaimer [will not] return the retirement home chose in action to the estate, as Khatib assigned that chose in action to the Nevarrez family.” (Opinion at 14-15.) In another part of the opinion, the Court of Appeal made note of “Khatib’s decision to assign the Schroeder estate’s chose in action to the Nevarrez family.” (Opinion at 15.) Such language from the opinion could be read to suggest the Court of Appeal concluded that Khatib, as both the beneficiary and administrator of the Estate, assigned or transferred the chose in action from the estate to the Nevarrez family. If that is the case, the strength of Khatib’s request for intervention here would seem to be weaker, as the right to this suit would belong to the Nevarrez family and Khatib’s only interest in the suit would be his right to a percentage of the Nevarrez family’s recovery pursuant to the Authorization.

Khatib thus characterizes such quoted language from the Court of Appeal’s opinion as dicta. (Khatib Supp. Brief at 3:24-26.) Khatib may very well be right on this point. To begin with, deciding whether the chose in action remained property of the Estate or was assigned to the Nevararez family would not have mattered to the Court of Appeal’s conclusion that Khatib validly assigned his interest in the lawsuit in exchange for a percentage of any recovery pursuant to the Authorization. (See Wishnev v. The Northwestern Mut. Life Ins. Co. (2019) [“It is, of course, ‘axiomatic that a decision does not stand for a proposition not considered by the court’”].) Indeed, other language from the opinion demonstrates the Court of Appeal understood Khatib, as a beneficiary of the Estate, merely assigned his interest as a beneficiary of the Estate’s chose in action to the Nevarrez family, stating: “The agreement by which Khatib assigned (and thus accepted) his interest in the Schroeder estate was negotiated over the course of several months, and went into effect before any party signed the Authorization and before Khatib disclaimed the interest.” (Opinion at 14.) Indeed, Adam Nevarrez’s conduct thus far—namely, seeking appointment as Administrator of the Estate and litigating this matter in his capacity as administrator—surely reflects his belief that this chose in action remains part of the Estate (notwithstanding his sudden about-face when this Court posited during the October 16, 2020 hearing whether the Court of Appeal found otherwise).

Ultimately, the question of whether the Estate or the Nevarrez family is the proper plaintiff is not before this Court. More to the point, resolution of that issue does not affect the outcome of the motion here. Whether the chose in action was assigned to the Nevarrez family or remains part of the Estate, Khatib’s interest in this litigation remains the same pursuant to the Authorization, i.e., the right to a percentage of any recovery. As such, Khatib’s interests in this action are adequately represented by plaintiff Adam Nevarrez. Both Khatib and plaintiff share the same interest – to obtain a monetary recovery against the defendants in this action. Plaintiff has an interest to maximize the monetary recovery in this action, which would increase Khatib’s share of the recovery. (Flint Supp. Decl. ¶ 10 & Ex. B.) Accordingly, given the nature of Khatib’s interest in this action, the Court finds that intervention is not warranted because his interests are adequately represented by plaintiff. (CCP § 387(d)(1)(B).)

The Court also notes that, in the proposed Complaint in Intervention, Khatib contends that he is the proper plaintiff because Adam Nevarrez and his counsel fraudulently induced him to relinquish his interest in this action by misrepresenting the value of the assets in the Estate. (Proposed Complaint in Intervention ¶¶ 23-33.) This issue was litigated in the Probate Court. (Pls. RJN Ex. 9.) The Probate Court found no basis to remove plaintiff as administrator of the Estate, award Khatib damages, or invalidate the disclaimer based on fraud. (Pls. RJN Ex. 9.) The Court of Appeal affirmed the Probate Court’s denial of Khatib’s fraud claims. (Opinion at 16-18.) Khatib’s intervention would thus unnecessarily enlarge the issues and tread on plaintiff’s right to conduct the lawsuit, which the Court in its discretion declines to allow. (Bame v. City of Del Mar (2001) 86 Cal.App.4th 1346, 1364.)

The Court further notes that Khatib has brought a motion in the Probate Court to be reinstated as executor of the Estate, which is set for hearing on March 25, 2021. (Khatib Ex. C.) However, the results of that motion are not dispositive of whether intervention is warranted. Based on the October 14, 2014 appointment of Adam Nevarrez as the Administrator of the Estate of Susan Schroeder by the Probate Court, Adam Nevarrez is currently the personal representative of decedent Schroeder in this action. (12/5/14 Minute Order; Flint Supp. Decl. ¶ 7.) As noted above, Adam Nevarrez shares Khatib’s interest in maximizing recovery in this litigation and will continue to share that interest if the Probate Court denies Khatib’s motion and allows Adam Nevarrez to remain as the Administrator. Likewise, if the Probate Court grants Khatib’s motion and reinstates him, then, as the new Administrator of the Estate, Khatib will simply continue to pursue that same shared interest of maximizing recovery in this litigation.

For all the foregoing reasons, the Court declines to permit Khatib’s intervention in this action. The motion is DENIED.