On 04/18/2017 JAMIE NAJERA filed a Personal Injury - Motor Vehicle lawsuit against OLIVER O TOMAS. 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, RICHARD J. BURDGE JR. and JON R. TAKASUGI. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.
Pending - Other Pending
Los Angeles County Superior Courts
Stanley Mosk Courthouse
Los Angeles, California
MARC D. GROSS
RICHARD J. BURDGE JR.
JON R. TAKASUGI
CORDIER DEBBIE M.
DOES 1 TO 10
TOMAS OLIVER O
ALDER C. MICHAEL ESQ.
BRIEN DAVID R. ESQ.
OSTERTAG JENNIFER MICHAEL
CHERMELA JASON R. ESQ.
KORFF EVE H. ESQ.
LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH LLP
FORGEY DONALD GLENN
CHAPLIN CHRISTOPHER DAVID
RICHMOND ELLEN D.
10/1/2019: Certificate of Mailing for - CERTIFICATE OF MAILING FOR (ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE RE: DISMISSAL (SETTLEMENT) (CONDITIONAL)) OF 10/01/2019
5/2/2019: Certificate of Mailing for - CERTIFICATE OF MAILING FOR MINUTE ORDER (NON-APPEARANCE CASE REVIEW RE NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT) OF 05/02/2019
2/14/2018: NOTICE OF RELATED CASE
10/11/2018: Substitution of Attorney -
2/14/2018: Minute Order -
3/19/2018: MINUTE ORDER
3/23/2018: NOTICE OF ORDER DEEMING CASES BC658224 AND BC662825 RELATED
4/18/2017: APPLICATION AND ORDER FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM
4/18/2017: COMPLAINT-PERS. INJURY, PROP DAMAGE, WRONGFUL DEATH (2 PAGES) -
4/24/2017: NOTICE OF REJECTION - APPLICATION AND ORDER FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM
5/16/2017: PROOF OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS
5/26/2017: PROOF OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS
6/29/2017: CROSS-COMPLANT FOR DECLARATORY RELIEF, COMPARATIVE INDEMNITY AND EQUITABLE INDEMNITY
7/3/2017: DEFENDANT QUINCY ADAMS ANSWER TO PLAINTIFF'S COMPLAINT
7/3/2017: JURY DEMAND OF DEFENDANT LYFT, INC.
7/3/2017: NOTICE OF POSTING JURY FEES BY DEFENDANT LYFT, INC.
7/3/2017: CIVIL DEPOSIT -
7/3/2017: CIVIL DEPOSIT -
Hearing01/14/2020 at 08:30 AM in Department 3 at 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Order to Show Cause Re: Dismissal (Settlement)Read MoreRead Less
Docketat 08:30 AM in Department 3, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Order to Show Cause Re: Dismissal (Settlement) ((Conditional)) - Held - ContinuedRead MoreRead Less
DocketCertificate of Mailing for ((Order to Show Cause Re: Dismissal (Settlement) (Conditional)) of 10/01/2019); Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
DocketMinute Order ( (Order to Show Cause Re: Dismissal (Settlement) (Conditional))); Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
Docketat 1:30 PM in Department 3, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Hearing on Motion to Seal (Petition for Settlement)Read MoreRead Less
Docketat 1:30 PM in Department 3, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Hearing on Motion to Seal (Petition for Settlement) - Not Held - Rescheduled by PartyRead MoreRead Less
Docketat 1:30 PM in Department 3, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Hearing on Petition to Confirm Minor's Compromise - Not Held - Rescheduled by PartyRead MoreRead Less
Docketat 08:30 AM in Department 3, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Jury Trial - Not Held - Advanced and VacatedRead MoreRead Less
Docketat 10:00 AM in Department 3, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Final Status Conference - Not Held - Advanced and VacatedRead MoreRead Less
Docketat 3:06 PM in Department 3, Jon R. Takasugi, Presiding; Non-Appearance Case ReviewRead MoreRead Less
DocketSummons; Filed by Oliver O Tomas (Defendant)Read MoreRead Less
DocketPROOF OF SERVICE OF SUMMONSRead MoreRead Less
DocketReceipt; Filed by Jamie Najera (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketProof-Service/Summons; Filed by Jamie Najera (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketPROOF OF SERVICE OF SUMMONSRead MoreRead Less
DocketNOTICE OF REJECTION - APPLICATION AND ORDER FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN AD LITEMRead MoreRead Less
DocketAPPLICATION AND ORDER FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN AD LITEMRead MoreRead Less
DocketApplication ; Filed by Plaintiff/PetitionerRead MoreRead Less
DocketComplaint; Filed by Jamie Najera (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
DocketCOMPLAINT-PERS. INJURY, PROP DAMAGE, WRONGFUL DEATH (2 PAGES)Read MoreRead Less
Case Number: BC658224 Hearing Date: March 12, 2020 Dept: 31
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES - CENTRAL DISTRICT
LYFT, INC., et al.,
Case No.: BC658224
March 12, 2020
Plaintiff, Jamie Najera, an incompetent adult by and through his GAL, Bertha Gomez, filed this action against Defendants, Oliver O. Tomas, Quincy Adams, Debbie M. Cordier, and Lyft, Inc. for damages arising out of an automobile accident. Plaintiff sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident. Plaintiff, by and through his GAL and attorney of record, has agreed to settle all claims with Tomas and Lyft.
Motion to Seal
The parties agreed that the settlement is confidential, and Defendant seeks an order sealing the petition and order approving the petition. Defendant contends the settlement, if revealed, could lead to improper conclusions, on the part of the public, concerning the amount of Lyft’s insurance policy and/or Lyft’s relationship with its drivers.
The motion presents a novel procedural issue, because Petitioner did NOT lodge the petition under seal. Defendant filed a motion to seal records the same day that Petitioner filed the petition, which is currently in the public record. CRC 2.551(b) governs motions to seal records when the party who wishes to have the record sealed is also the party lodging the record. 2.551(c) governs motions to seal records when the party filing the documents is neutral to whether they are sealed, and the other party wishes to have them sealed. 2.551(c) applies here, as Petitioner appears to be neutral concerning whether the records are sealed, and Defendant wants the records sealed. Per 2.551(c), Petitioner was required to lodge the records under seal and then the Court was required to wait ten days to see if Defendant moved to seal before unsealing the records and placing them in the public record.
The Court finds the motion to seal establishes good cause to seal at least a portion of the petition to approve the compromise, as the parties’ settlement is confidential in nature. A confidential settlement agreement may support sealing of court records. In Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Superior Court (2003) 110 Cal.App.4th 1273, 1283, the court considered the issue of whether a confidential settlement agreement can be redacted at length. The court concluded, “We agree with defendant that its contractual obligation not to disclose can constitute an overriding interest within the meaning of rule 243.1(d).” The court went on, however, to note that the parties’ interests can typically be protected by redacting, as opposed to fully sealing, the subject documents.
CRC 2.550(d) makes clear that records cannot be sealed without appropriate findings. It provides:
The court may order that a record be filed under seal only if it expressly finds facts that establish:
(1) There exists an overriding interest that overcomes the right of public access to the record;
(2) The overriding interest supports sealing the record;
(3) A substantial probability exists that the overriding interest will be prejudiced if the record is not sealed;
(4) The proposed sealing is narrowly tailored; and
(5) No less restrictive means exist to achieve the overriding interest.
In this case, Defendant seeks an order sealing the entirety of the petition and order on the petition. The parties did not make the necessary showing to seal the entire petition, as opposed to making necessary redactions only. The motion to file the petition under seal is therefore denied. The ruling is without prejudice to Defendant’s right to make a motion to redact portions of the petition. Defendant must file any such motion within ten days after today’s hearing.
Petition to Approve Compromise
The Court will not set forth the terms of the settlement in this public order, as doing so would violate the purpose of the requested sealing order. The Court notes that ¶¶12 and 18(f) of the petition are not filled out, and are necessary to a resolution of the merits of the petition. The petition is therefore denied without prejudice.
Creation of Special Needs Trust
Petitioner seeks to use the settlement funds to create a special needs trust. The probate attorney has reviewed the request, and the Court will discuss the probate notes with Counsel and Petitioner at the hearing on the petition. Petitioner must incorporate the probate attorney’s notes into any future petition to approve the settlement.
Dated this 12th day of March, 2020
Hon. Thomas D. Long
Judge of the Superior Court