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This case was last updated from Los Angeles County Superior Courts on 04/22/2021 at 16:02:29 (UTC).

GREGORY RUSH VS RANDOLPH WATKINS ET AL

Case Summary

On 07/21/2017 GREGORY RUSH filed a Personal Injury - Motor Vehicle lawsuit against RANDOLPH WATKINS. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Stanley Mosk Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The Judges overseeing this case are MARC D. GROSS, JON R. TAKASUGI, HOLLY E. KENDIG and THOMAS D. LONG. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    ****8890

  • Filing Date:

    07/21/2017

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Motor Vehicle

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Stanley Mosk Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Presiding Judges

MARC D. GROSS

JON R. TAKASUGI

HOLLY E. KENDIG

THOMAS D. LONG

 

Party Details

Plaintiff and Petitioner

RUSH GREGORY

Defendants, Respondents and Cross Defendants

KHACHATUROV KAMO

WATKINS RANDOLPH

DOES 1 TO 50

KHACHATUROVA GAYANE

Defendant, Respondent and Cross Plaintiff

WATKINS RANDOLPH

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff and Petitioner Attorneys

HANASSAB FRED F. ESQ.

HANASSAB FARIBORZ FRED ESQ.

Defendant and Respondent Attorneys

RAFFALOW BRETOI & ADAMS

BARRY KEVIN E. ESQ.

BARRY KEVIN EUGENE ESQ.

ALLEN KEITH LASALLE ESQ.

HAMILTON SUSAN MARIE ESQ.

RACKOHN CRAIG DONALD

Defendant and Cross Plaintiff Attorney

BARRY KEVIN EUGENE ESQ.

 

Court Documents

Declaration - DECLARATION DECLARATION OF FRED HANASSAB REGARDING HEARING ON MOTION TO BIFURCATE

4/16/2021: Declaration - DECLARATION DECLARATION OF FRED HANASSAB REGARDING HEARING ON MOTION TO BIFURCATE

Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (TRIAL SETTING CONFERENCE)

3/11/2021: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (TRIAL SETTING CONFERENCE)

Certificate of Mailing for - CERTIFICATE OF MAILING FOR (COURT ORDER RE FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE) OF 03/30/2020

3/30/2020: Certificate of Mailing for - CERTIFICATE OF MAILING FOR (COURT ORDER RE FINAL STATUS CONFERENCE) OF 03/30/2020

Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (COURT ORDER RE CONTINUANCE OF TRIAL;)

3/30/2020: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (COURT ORDER RE CONTINUANCE OF TRIAL;)

Request for Entry of Default / Judgment

12/27/2019: Request for Entry of Default / Judgment

Ex Parte Application - EX PARTE APPLICATION TO CONTINUE TRIAL AND ALL RELATED DATES;

1/15/2020: Ex Parte Application - EX PARTE APPLICATION TO CONTINUE TRIAL AND ALL RELATED DATES;

Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (HEARING ON EX PARTE APPLICATION TO CONTINUE TRIAL AND ALL REL...)

1/15/2020: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (HEARING ON EX PARTE APPLICATION TO CONTINUE TRIAL AND ALL REL...)

Order - ORDER ORDER ON PLAINTIFF EX PARTE APPLICATION TO CONTINUE TRIAL AND ALL RELATED DATES

1/15/2020: Order - ORDER ORDER ON PLAINTIFF EX PARTE APPLICATION TO CONTINUE TRIAL AND ALL RELATED DATES

Motion in Limine - MOTION IN LIMINE NO. 3

12/27/2019: Motion in Limine - MOTION IN LIMINE NO. 3

Notice of Change of Address or Other Contact Information

6/5/2019: Notice of Change of Address or Other Contact Information

Minute Order - Minute Order (Final Status Conference; Court Order Re: Trial Continuance ...)

1/4/2019: Minute Order - Minute Order (Final Status Conference; Court Order Re: Trial Continuance ...)

PROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONS -

7/20/2018: PROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONS -

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ATTORNEY WITHIN FIRM; OFFICE LOCATION; PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS

7/12/2018: NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ATTORNEY WITHIN FIRM; OFFICE LOCATION; PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS

PROOF OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS

11/13/2017: PROOF OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS

CoverSheet -

7/21/2017: CoverSheet -

Summons -

7/21/2017: Summons -

Complaint -

7/21/2017: Complaint -

31 More Documents Available

 

Docket Entries

  • 06/11/2021
  • Hearing06/11/2021 at 10:30 AM in Department 31 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Trial Setting Conference

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  • 06/11/2021
  • Hearing06/11/2021 at 10:30 AM in Department 31 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Order to Show Cause Re: Dismissal

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  • 04/30/2021
  • Hearing04/30/2021 at 08:30 AM in Department 31 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Hearing on Motion to Bifurcate

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  • 04/16/2021
  • DocketDeclaration (Declaration of Fred Hanassab Regarding Hearing on Motion to Bifurcate); Filed by Gregory Rush (Plaintiff)

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  • 03/11/2021
  • Docketat 10:30 AM in Department 31, Thomas D. Long, Presiding; Trial Setting Conference - Held - Continued

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  • 03/11/2021
  • DocketMinute Order ( (Trial Setting Conference)); Filed by Clerk

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  • 01/06/2021
  • DocketMotion to Bifurcate; Filed by Randolph Watkins (Defendant)

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  • 08/20/2020
  • Docketat 08:30 AM in Department 31, Thomas D. Long, Presiding; Jury Trial - Not Held - Advanced and Vacated

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  • 08/13/2020
  • Docketat 10:30 AM in Department 31, Thomas D. Long, Presiding; Trial Setting Conference - Not Held - Continued - Party's Motion

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  • 08/13/2020
  • Docketat 10:00 AM in Department 31, Thomas D. Long, Presiding; Final Status Conference - Not Held - Advanced and Vacated

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53 More Docket Entries
  • 12/13/2017
  • DocketSummons on Cross Complaint

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  • 12/13/2017
  • DocketSummons Issued; Filed by Randolph Watkins (Defendant)

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  • 12/13/2017
  • DocketANSWER TO UNVERIFIED COMPLAINT

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  • 11/13/2017
  • DocketPROOF OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS

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  • 11/13/2017
  • DocketProof-Service/Summons; Filed by Gregory Rush (Plaintiff)

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  • 11/09/2017
  • DocketProof-Service/Summons; Filed by Gregory Rush (Plaintiff)

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  • 11/09/2017
  • DocketPROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONS

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  • 07/21/2017
  • DocketComplaint; Filed by Gregory Rush (Plaintiff)

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  • 07/21/2017
  • DocketSummons; Filed by Gregory Rush (Plaintiff)

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  • 07/21/2017
  • DocketComplaint

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: BC668890    Hearing Date: April 30, 2021    Dept: 31

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES - CENTRAL DISTRICT

GREGORY RUSH,

Plaintiff(s),

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RANDOLPH WATKINS, ET AL.,

Defendant(s).

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CASE NO: BC668890

[TENTATIVE] ORDER DENYING MOTION TO BIFURCATE WITHOUT PREJUDICE

Dept. 31

8:30 a.m.

April 30, 2021

 

Defendant’s motion to bifurcate is denied without prejudice to Defendant raising this issue for the trial judge to consider, on its own motion, at the time that the judge rules upon motions in limine.  The Court orders that the bifurcation briefing be included in the trial binders in Tab B along with any motions in limine filed in the case.  The Court recognizes that CRC Rule 3.57(c) states, “A motion in limine may not be used for the purpose of seeking an order to try an issue before the trial of another issue or issues,” and thus this order should not be construed in a way that contradicts this rule.  Defendant may direct the trial court to this order, which should not be construed to in any way bind the trial court in making a bifurcation decision on its own motion.

Defendant properly sought a bifurcation order in advance of the trial date.  See CCP §598 (court to issue order bifurcating case on noticed motion by the pretrial conference or, absent a pretrial conference, no later than 30 days in advance of trial).  However, a trial court may also “on its own motion . . . make such an order at any time.” Id.

On the facts of this case, and given that in the Personal Injury Court system this case will be tried by a different court than the court ruling on this motion, the Court finds it appropriate for the trial judge to determine whether bifurcation is warranted.  In the PI Court system, the trial court rules on motions in limine, even those that significantly affect trial preparation.  While this bifurcation request is not a motion in limine, the logic of having the trial judge determine it here is similar.  The request for bifurcation here appears to be one for which the trial judge should make a discretionary determination based on its experience.

Accordingly, the Court denies this motion without prejudice.

Defendant is ordered to give notice. 

Parties who intend to submit on this tentative must send an email to the court at sscdept31@lacourt.org indicating intention to submit on the tentative as directed by the instructions provided on the court website at www.lacourt.orgIf the department does not receive an email indicating the parties are submitting on the tentative and there are no appearances at the hearing, the motion may be placed off calendar.  If a party submits on the tentative, the party’s email must include the case number and must identify the party submitting on the tentative.  If the parties do not submit on the tentative, they should arrange to appear remotely.

 

Dated this 30th day of April, 2021

Hon. Thomas D. Long

Judge of the Superior Court

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