This case was last updated from Los Angeles County Superior Courts on 06/14/2019 at 10:56:15 (UTC).

AHOURA VAHEDI VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA ET AL

Case Summary

On 08/11/2017 AHOURA VAHEDI filed a Labor - Other Labor lawsuit against STATE OF CALIFORNIA. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Stanley Mosk Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The Judge overseeing this case is TERESA A. BEAUDET. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    ****2229

  • Filing Date:

    08/11/2017

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Labor - Other Labor

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Stanley Mosk Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Presiding Judge

TERESA A. BEAUDET

 

Party Details

Plaintiff and Petitioner

VAHEDI AHOURA

Defendants and Respondents

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

DOES 1 TO 25

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff and Petitioner Attorney

MCINTYRE JEFFREY C. ESQ.

Defendant and Respondent Attorneys

AUDREY EGAN

RODRIGUEZ DAVID C.

 

Court Documents

Minute Order

9/4/2018: Minute Order

NOTICE OF STATUS CONFERENCE

9/6/2018: NOTICE OF STATUS CONFERENCE

Motion to Compel Discovery

11/26/2018: Motion to Compel Discovery

Notice

11/27/2018: Notice

Opposition

1/11/2019: Opposition

Unknown

1/30/2019: Unknown

Request for Judicial Notice

2/11/2019: Request for Judicial Notice

Minute Order

2/26/2019: Minute Order

Motion for Summary Judgment

3/27/2019: Motion for Summary Judgment

Notice of Motion

4/30/2019: Notice of Motion

Request for Judicial Notice

5/21/2019: Request for Judicial Notice

Reply

5/31/2019: Reply

ORDER GRANTING EX PARTE APPLICATION VACATING AND RESETTING THE TRIAL AND RELATED DATES OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, MOVE FOR AN ORDER SHORTENING TIME TO HEAR THE MOTION FOR SAME BY OF DEFENDANT, THE PEOPLE

7/11/2018: ORDER GRANTING EX PARTE APPLICATION VACATING AND RESETTING THE TRIAL AND RELATED DATES OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, MOVE FOR AN ORDER SHORTENING TIME TO HEAR THE MOTION FOR SAME BY OF DEFENDANT, THE PEOPLE

Unknown

11/28/2017: Unknown

Unknown

11/20/2017: Unknown

ANSWER TO COMPLAINT BY DEFENDANT STATE OF CALIFORNIA BY AND THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ERRONEOUSLY NAMED SEPARATELY AS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

10/6/2017: ANSWER TO COMPLAINT BY DEFENDANT STATE OF CALIFORNIA BY AND THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ERRONEOUSLY NAMED SEPARATELY AS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

SUMMONS

8/15/2017: SUMMONS

COMPLAINT 1. DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ;ETC

8/11/2017: COMPLAINT 1. DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ;ETC

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Docket Entries

  • 05/31/2019
  • at 11:00 AM in Department 50, Teresa A. Beaudet, Presiding; Informal Discovery Conference (IDC) - Not Held - Taken Off Calendar by Party

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  • 05/31/2019
  • Objection (OBJECTION TO PLAINTIFF AHOURA VAHEDI'S EVIDENCE AND [PROPOSED] ORDER); Filed by STATE OF CALIFORNIA (Defendant); CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (Defendant)

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  • 05/31/2019
  • Reply (REPLY BY DEFENDANT, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ACTING BY AND THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO AHOURA VAHEDI'S OPPOSITION TO ITS SECOND AMENDED MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT); Filed by STATE OF CALIFORNIA (Defendant); CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (Defendant)

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  • 05/21/2019
  • Opposition (Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendant's Second Amended Motion for Summary Judgment); Filed by AHOURA VAHEDI (Plaintiff)

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  • 05/21/2019
  • Brief (Plaintiff's Evidence in Opposition to Defendant's 2nd Amended MSJ); Filed by AHOURA VAHEDI (Plaintiff)

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  • 05/21/2019
  • Separate Statement; Filed by AHOURA VAHEDI (Plaintiff)

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  • 05/08/2019
  • Informal Discovery Conference; Filed by STATE OF CALIFORNIA (Defendant); CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (Defendant)

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  • 05/07/2019
  • Notice ( OF INFORMAL DISCOVERY CONFERENCE); Filed by STATE OF CALIFORNIA (Defendant); CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (Defendant)

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  • 04/30/2019
  • Other - ((Second Amended) Index of Evidence); Filed by STATE OF CALIFORNIA (Defendant); CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (Defendant)

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  • 04/30/2019
  • Motion for Summary Judgment ((Second Amended) or in the Alternative Summary Adjudication); Filed by STATE OF CALIFORNIA (Defendant); CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (Defendant)

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  • 10/06/2017
  • Answer; Filed by STATE OF CALIFORNIA (Defendant); CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (Defendant)

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  • 08/31/2017
  • Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint); Filed by AHOURA VAHEDI (Plaintiff)

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  • 08/31/2017
  • PROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONS

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  • 08/21/2017
  • NOTICE OF CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

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  • 08/21/2017
  • Notice of Case Management Conference; Filed by Clerk

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  • 08/15/2017
  • Summons; Filed by AHOURA VAHEDI (Plaintiff)

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  • 08/15/2017
  • SUMMONS

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  • 08/11/2017
  • COMPLAINT 1. DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ;ETC

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  • 08/11/2017
  • CIVIL DEPOSIT

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  • 08/11/2017
  • Complaint; Filed by AHOURA VAHEDI (Plaintiff)

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: BC672229    Hearing Date: March 16, 2020    Dept: 50

THE COURT NOTES THAT IT DID NOT RECEIVE ANY DOCUMENTS REGARDING A MOTION IN LIMINE REGARDING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS.  THUS, THERE IS NO TENTATIVE RE SUCH MOTION.  THE TENTATIVE RE THE MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER APPEARS BELOW.  THE PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPEAR VIA COURT CALL.

 

 

Superior Court of California

County of Los Angeles

Department 50

ahoura vahedi,

Plaintiff,

vs.

state of california, et al.

Defendants.

Case No.:

BC 672229

Hearing Date:

March 16, 2020

Hearing Time:

8:30 a.m.

[TENTATIVE] ORDER RE:

PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER PURSUANT TO CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE § 2025.420

Background

Plaintiff Ahoura Vahedi (“Vahedi”) filed this employment discrimination action on August 11, 2017, against Defendants State of California and California Department of Transportation (jointly, “Caltrans”).

Vahedi now moves for a protective order to preclude Veritext Legal Solutions from releasing the deposition transcript of Vahedi taken in another lawsuit, Francisco Valentin v. Ahoura Vahedi (the “Valentin Matter”). Caltrans opposes.

Discussion

Vahedi argues that Caltrans’s request for the Valentin deposition transcript is an impermissible attempt to conduct discovery beyond the discovery cut-off date. Trial in this matter was originally set for January 29, 2020. (7/2/19 Minute Order.) Therefore, the discovery cut-off date was December 30, 2019. (1/21/20 Trial Continuance Plan and Order.) On January 21, 2020, the Court issued an order continuing trial to March 4, 2020, but discovery was to remain closed. (1/21/20 Trial Continuance Plan and Order.) On January 27, 2020, counsel for Vahedi was informed that Veritext Legal Solutions had sent a letter to Vahedi informing him that a certified transcript of his deposition taken on August 29, 2014 in the Valentin Matter had been requested by Caltrans. (Garcia, Jr. Decl., ¶ 3.) The letter was dated January 20, 2020. (Garcia, Jr. Decl., ¶ 3, Ex. 2.) The letter does not indicate when exactly Caltrans made its request. Nevertheless, pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 2024.020, subdivision (a), discovery must be completed on or before the 30th day before the date initially set for trial. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2024.020, subd. (a).)

In opposition, Caltrans does not address the issue of the timing of its request for the deposition transcript. Instead, Caltrans asserts that the deposition transcript sought is not discovery. Although Caltrans does not explain how it arrived at the conclusion that the deposition transcript is not discovery, the Court notes that pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 2025.570, which provides the authority for Caltrans’s request, “a copy of the transcript of the deposition testimony made by, or at the direction of, any party . . . shall be made available by the deposition officer to any person requesting a copy, on payment of a reasonable charge set by the deposition officer.” (Code Civ. Proc., § 2025.570, subd. (a) [emphasis added]; see also Board of Trustees of California State University v. Superior Court (2005) 132 Cal.App.4th 889, 901 [noting that deposition transcripts are “available to the public, absent an objection and protective order” and are thus “ordinarily not documents that the parties would reasonably envision would not be made available to persons or entities outside the litigation”].) Therefore, the Court is not persuaded that the discovery cut-off applies to Caltrans’s request for the deposition transcript at issue here.

Moreover, the Court finds that Vahedi has not demonstrated good cause for a protective order. It is undisputed that the Valentin Matter was a landlord-tenant matter initiated by Vahedi’s former tenants. Caltrans argues that Vahedi’s testimony in a landlord-tenant matter may be relevant for impeachment purposes. (See Evid. Code, § 210 [“‘Relevant evidence’ means evidence, including evidence relevant to the credibility of a witness or hearsay declarant, having any tendency in reason to prove or disprove any disputed fact that is of consequence to the determination of the action.”].) Vahedi contends that the landlord-tenant matter has no relevance to this action, but Vahedi has not shown that production of the deposition transcript will result in burden, expense, or intrusion (see Code Civ. Proc., § 2017.020, subd. (a) [“The court shall limit the scope of discovery if it determines that the burden, expense, or intrusiveness of that discovery clearly outweighs the likelihood that the information sought will lead to the discovery of admissible evidence.”]) or unwarranted annoyance, embarrassment, or oppression (see Code Civ. Proc., § 2025.420, subd. (b) [“The court, for good cause shown, may make any order that justice requires to protect any party, deponent, or other natural person or organization from unwarranted annoyance, embarrassment, or oppression, or undue burden and expense.”]). The Court notes that the parties stipulated that Caltrans would pay the costs of the transcript. (2/28/20 Minute Order.) Moreover, the nature of the Valentin Matter (landlord-tenant) does not support an inference that the topics addressed during Vahedi’s deposition were particularly intrusive or embarrassing, and Vahedi does not argue as much.

Conclusion

Based on the foregoing, Vahedi’s motion for a protective order is denied.

Caltrans is ordered to provide notice of this ruling.

DATED: March 16, 2020 ________________________________

Hon. Teresa A. Beaudet

Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court