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UNI-GLORY DEVELOPMENT, INC. VS. FAIRVIEW EAST LLC

Case Summary

On 04/06/2017 UNI-GLORY DEVELOPMENT, INC filed a Contract - Other Contract lawsuit against FAIRVIEW EAST LLC. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Glendale Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The Judges overseeing this case are WILLIAM D. STEWART and LAURA A. MATZ. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.

Case Details Parties Documents Dockets

 

Case Details

  • Case Number:

    ****6531

  • Filing Date:

    04/06/2017

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Contract - Other Contract

  • Court:

    Los Angeles County Superior Courts

  • Courthouse:

    Glendale Courthouse

  • County, State:

    Los Angeles, California

Judge Details

Presiding Judges

WILLIAM D. STEWART

LAURA A. MATZ

 

Party Details

Plaintiffs, Cross Defendants and Not Classified By Court

UNI-GLORY DEVELOPMENT INC.

UNI-GLORY DEVELOPMENT INC. A CALIF CORP

GDT FRAMING INC. A CALIFORNIA CORP.

ZHANG GEORGE

GDT FRAMING INC.

DLAC INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

GOLDEN CITY INTERNATIONAL INC.

DLAC INC.

CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION & ROOFING INC.

ECO CONCRETE INC. A CALIFORNIA CORP.

ENGLES SHEN & ASSOCIATES INC.

LUCY XIANGXIN GAO

CHIEN-KUO LIU

GEORGE ZHANG AKA GEORGE YUGUANG ZHANG

LIU CHIEN-KUO

GAO LUCY XIANGXIN

ZHANG GEORGE AKA GEORGE YUGUANG ZHANG

ECO CONCRETE INC.

MOES 1 THROUGH 100 INCLUSIVE

FAIRVIEW EAST LLC

Defendants, Cross Plaintiffs and Not Classified By Court

FAIRVIEW EAST LLC

CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION & ROOFING INC.

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff and Cross Defendant Attorneys

HSU ROBERT C.

HSU ROBERT C. LAW OFFICE OF

LEXINT LAW GROUP APLC

HSU ROBERT CHIHMING

WONG SPENCER Y.

SLOME TROY H.

EDWARD D. JOHNSON

CHH LAW P.C.

PLUMTREE & ASSOCIATES

COY KATIE L.

JOHNSON EDWARD DUNBAR

LIU KEVIN

ESCHENBURG MATTHEW JAY

PLUMTREE ANGELINA MARIA

Defendant and Cross Plaintiff Attorneys

HO ROLAND THE LAW OFFICE OF

ROLAND Y. HO

HO ROLAND YIN-CHIA

Cross Defendant and Cross Plaintiff Attorneys

ESCHENBURG MATTHEW JAY

HO ROLAND THE LAW OFFICE OF

HO ROLAND YIN-CHIA

Other Attorneys

MATTHEW J. ESCHENBURG

 

Court Documents

Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (HEARING ON MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND FOURTH AMENDED CROSS-COM...)

7/6/2020: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (HEARING ON MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND FOURTH AMENDED CROSS-COM...)

Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (COURT ORDER RE CONTINUANCE OF HEARING SET ON MAY 01, 2020 TO ...)

4/2/2020: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (COURT ORDER RE CONTINUANCE OF HEARING SET ON MAY 01, 2020 TO ...)

Notice - NOTICE OF NON-OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANT/CROSS-COMPLAINANT FAIRVIEW EAST LLC'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND FOURTH AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT

3/16/2020: Notice - NOTICE OF NON-OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANT/CROSS-COMPLAINANT FAIRVIEW EAST LLC'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND FOURTH AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT

Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (HEARING ON EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR ORDER CONTINUING DATE FOR...)

3/6/2020: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER (HEARING ON EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR ORDER CONTINUING DATE FOR...)

Reply - REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND 3D AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT

9/12/2019: Reply - REPLY TO OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND 3D AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT

Notice - NOTICE OSC

4/6/2017: Notice - NOTICE OSC

Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: DECLARATION

6/21/2017: Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: DECLARATION

Notice of Related Case

9/1/2017: Notice of Related Case

Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: NOTICE

10/2/2017: Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: NOTICE

Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: OPPOSITION

10/13/2017: Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: OPPOSITION

Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: NOTICE

11/14/2017: Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: NOTICE

Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER ENTERED: 2017-12-07 00:00:00

12/7/2017: Minute Order - MINUTE ORDER ENTERED: 2017-12-07 00:00:00

Notice Re: Continuance of Hearing and Order

12/14/2017: Notice Re: Continuance of Hearing and Order

Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: ANSWER TO SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT

12/22/2017: Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: ANSWER TO SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT

Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: ANSWER TO FIRST AMENDED X-COMPL

1/10/2018: Legacy Document - LEGACY DOCUMENT TYPE: ANSWER TO FIRST AMENDED X-COMPL

Answer

4/6/2018: Answer

Notice of Case Management Conference

4/8/2019: Notice of Case Management Conference

178 More Documents Available

 

Docket Entries

  • 11/25/2020
  • Hearing11/25/2020 at 13:30 PM in Department A at 300 East Olive, Burbank, CA 91502; Trial Setting Conference

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  • 11/25/2020
  • Hearing11/25/2020 at 13:30 PM in Department A at 300 East Olive, Burbank, CA 91502; Hearing on Motion for Summary Judgment

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  • 11/20/2020
  • Docketat 09:30 AM in Department A, William D. Stewart, Presiding; Hearing on Motion to Compel (Deposition of Deft's Expert Witness Bart W. Brimhall Filed by Pltff Uni-Glory Development, Inc.)

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  • 11/12/2020
  • DocketReply (Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Deposition of Defendant's Expert); Filed by Uni-Glory Development Inc., (Plaintiff)

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  • 11/02/2020
  • DocketOpposition (to Motion to Compel Deposition of Defense Expert Bart Brimhall); Filed by Fairview East LLC (Defendant)

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  • 10/13/2020
  • DocketMotion to Compel (Deposition of Defendant's Expert Witness Bart W. Brimhall); Filed by Uni-Glory Development Inc., (Plaintiff)

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  • 09/28/2020
  • Docketat 08:30 AM in Department A, William D. Stewart, Presiding; Final Status Conference - Not Held - Advanced and Vacated

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  • 09/28/2020
  • Docketat 08:30 AM in Department A, William D. Stewart, Presiding; Trial Setting Conference - Not Held - Advanced and Continued - by Court

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  • 09/28/2020
  • Docketat 08:30 AM in Department A, William D. Stewart, Presiding; Jury Trial - Not Held - Advanced and Vacated

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  • 09/28/2020
  • Docketat 08:30 AM in Department A, William D. Stewart, Presiding; Jury Trial - Not Held - Advanced and Vacated

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  • 04/17/2017
  • DocketSummons Filed; Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 04/17/2017
  • DocketSummons; Filed by UNI-GLORY DEVELOPMENT, INC. (Plaintiff)

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  • 04/17/2017
  • DocketAmended Complaint (First); Filed by Uni-Glory Development Inc., (Plaintiff)

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  • 04/17/2017
  • DocketFirst Amended Complaint; Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff

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  • 04/06/2017
  • DocketSummons Filed

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  • 04/06/2017
  • DocketComplaint filed-Summons Issued; Filed by null

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  • 04/06/2017
  • DocketComplaint filed-Summons Issued

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  • 04/06/2017
  • DocketCivil Case Cover Sheet; Filed by UNI-GLORY DEVELOPMENT, INC. (Plaintiff)

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  • 04/06/2017
  • DocketSummons; Filed by null

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  • 04/06/2017
  • DocketNotice (OSC)

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Tentative Rulings

Case Number: EC066531    Hearing Date: November 20, 2020    Dept: A

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Uni-Glory Development v Fairview East

Motion to Compel Deposition

Calendar:

17

Case No.:

EC066531

Hearing Date:

November 20, 2020

Action Filed:

April 06, 2017

Trial Date:

Not Set

MP:

Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Uni-Glory Development, Inc.; Cross-Defendants George Zhang; Lucy Xiangxin Gao; Chien-Kuo Liu

RP:

Defendant/Cross-Complainant Fairview East, LLC

ALLEGATIONS:

The instant action arises from the construction dispute involving real property located at 8831, 8833, 8835, 8837, 8839, 8841, 8843, 8845, 8849, and 8851 East Fairview Avenue, San Gabriel, CA 91775 (the “Property”). Plaintiff Uni-Glory Development, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) alleges that performed certain construction services on behalf of Defendant Fairview East LLC (“Defendant”), the owner of the Property, but that Defendant failed to fully remunerate Plaintiff by failing to pay $418,437.70.

Plaintiff filed its Complaint on April 06, 2017, its First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) on April 17, 2017, and its Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) on November 08, 2017, alleging three causes of action sounding in (1) Breach of Written Contract, (2) Implied Indemnity, and (3) Declaratory Relief.

Defendant filed its Cross-Complaint on August 25, 2017, as against Plaintiff and Cross-Defendants George Zhang a/k/a George Yuguang Zhang (“Zhang”); Lucy Xiangxin Gao (“Gao”); Chien-Kuo Liu (“Liu”); Engles Shen & Associated, Inc. (“ESA”); DLAC, Inc. (“DLAC”); GDT Framing, Inc. (“GDT”); California Construction & Roofing, Inc. (“CCR”); and Golden City International, Inc. (“Golden City” and collectively the Cross-Defendants”). Defendant then filed a First Amended Cross-Complaint (“FXC”) on October 12, 2017, a Second Amended Cross-Complaint (“SXC”) on March 01, 2018, a Third Amended Cross-Complaint (“TXC”) on November 13, 2018, and a Fourth Amended Cross-Complaint ("4XC") on August 31, 2020. In the 4XC, Defendant alleges eight causes of action sounding in (1) Breach of Contract, (2) Breach of Contract (Civ. Code §1559); (3) Fraud (Intentional Misrepresentation); (4) Fraud (Intentional Misrepresentation); (5) Fraud/Intentional Concealment; (6) Negligent Misrepresentation; (7) Negligence; and (8) Recovery of Payments to Unlicensed Contractor – B&P Code, Section 7031(b).

Cross-Defendant California Construction & Roofing, Inc. filed a Cross-Complaint on January 10, 2018, as against unknown MOE Defendants, sounding in three causes of action for (1) Equitable Indemnity, (2) Contribution and Equitable Apportionment, and (3) Declaratory Relief.

PRESENTATION:

Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Uni-Glory Development, Inc. and Cross-Defendants George Zhang, Lucy Xiangxin Gao, Chien-Kuo Liu ("Cross-Defendants") filed the instant motion on October 13, 2020, Defendant/Cross-Complainant Fairview East, LLC ("Cross-Complainant") filed an opposition on November 02, 2020, and Cross-Defendants filed a reply on November 12, 2020.

RELIEF REQUESTED:

Cross-Defendants move to compel Cross-Complainant's designated expert witness Bart W. Brimhall ("Mr. Brimhall") to appear at a deposition, or, in the alternative, to exclude Mr. Brimhall from the evidence at trial. Cross-Defendants further request associated sanctions in the amount of $1,111.65.

DISCUSSION:

Standard of Review – Compel Deposition – CCP § 2025.450 permits a party to seek a motion to compel a deposition where a deponent fails to appear or produce documents at a deposition. The motion is permissible after a party fails to appear without having served a valid objection pursuant to CCP § 2025.410. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2025.450, subd. (a).) The motion must include specific facts demonstrating good cause for the production of documents or items and must be accompanied by a declaration setting forth facts demonstrating that a good faith and reasonable attempt at informal resolution has been made. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2025.450, subd. (b).) Monetary sanctions are mandatory against an unsuccessful moving or opposing party unless they acted with substantial justification or imposition of sanctions would be unjust. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2025.450, subd. (g)(1).)

Meet and Confer – Cross-Complainant contends that Cross-Defendants failed to meet and confer reasonably by refusing to consider Cross-Complainant's counsel's calendar. (Decl. Ho, ¶¶ 4-10.) On review of the Declaration of Roland Ho and the Declaration of Tony H. Slome, the Court finds that Cross-Defendants have satisfied meet and confer requirements to code.

Merits – Cross-Complainant argues that: (1) Cross-Defendants failed to properly serve Cross-Defendant DLAC; (2) Cross-Defendants failed to provide a valid deposition notice pursuant to CCP § 2025.240(a); (3) Cross-Defendants failed to comply with CCP §§ 2034.220, 2034.300, and 2034.240 as to "complete and timely compliance" and proper service of the expert demand; and (4) Cross-Defendants failed to tender payment for the expert witness's fee pursuant to CCP § 2034.450

In reply, Cross-Defendants argue that: (1) they were not required to serve Cross-Defendant DLAC because Cross-Complainant is the only remaining non-defaulted and non-settling party in the case; (2) they properly served a valid deposition notice; (3) Cross-Complainants' Demand for Exchange of Expert Information was served 70 days before the prior trial date on September 28, 2020, and their method of service argument only applies the due date of the actual exchange of expert information, and not the due date of the service for exchange of expert information; and (4) they are not required to tender payment to the expert witness until the commencement of the deposition itself.

As to the first argument, Cross-Defendants are not required to serve DLAC because they and Cross-Complainants are the only remaining non-settling and non-defaulting parties in the instant litigation. (Decl. Slome, ¶ 9.) Cross-Complainants cite to CCP § 2025.240(a) ("[t]he party who prepares a notice of deposition shall give the notice to every other party who has appeared in the action") to argue that Cross-Defendants are required to serve DLAC. The purpose of CCP § 2025.240(a) is to ensure that each interested party is aware of other parties' deposition notices as to each witness. This purpose is not fulfilled by a hyper technical interpretation of the statute when DLAC is no longer a remaining party in the case.

As to the second argument, Cross-Complainants to cite to an email in Exhibit 2 of the Declaration of Roland Ho to argue that Cross-Defendants withdrew the September 28, 2020 Notice of Deposition, and so the instant motion is not based on a valid deposition notice. (Decl. Ho, ¶ 6; Ex. 2.) In the email, Cross-Defendants state: "the noticed deposition of Mr. Brimhall will not be proceeding on September 29, 2020." CCP § 2025.450(b)(2) provides:

The motion shall be accompanied by a meet and confer declaration under Section 2016.040, or, when the deponent fails to attend the deposition and produce the documents, electronically stored information, or things described in the deposition notice, by a declaration stating that the petitioner has contacted the deponent to inquire about the nonappearance.

As both parties agree that Cross-Defendants cancelled the deposition of Mr. Brimhall on September 29, 2020 (Decl. Ho, ¶ 6, Ex. 2; Decl. Slome, ¶ 5) and so Mr. Brimhall did not fail to attend an active deposition, Cross-Defendants are only required to submit a meet and confer declaration. Cross-Defendants have properly attached a meet and confer declaration and a declaration stating that they contacted Cross-Complainants to inquire about the nonappearance. (Decl. Slome, ¶¶ 4-10.)

As to the third argument, CCP § 2034.220 provides:

Any party may make a demand for an exchange of information concerning expert trial witnesses without leave of court. A party shall make this demand no later than the 10th day after the initial trial date has been set, or 70 days before that trial date, whichever is closer to the trial date.

CCP § 2034.210 provides:

After the setting of the initial trial date for the action, any party may obtain discovery by demanding that all parties simultaneously exchange information concerning each other’s expert trial witnesses to the following extent:

(a) Any party may demand a mutual and simultaneous exchange by all parties of a list containing the name and address of any natural person, including one who is a party, whose oral or deposition testimony in the form of an expert opinion any party expects to offer in evidence at the trial.

The parties agree that Cross-Defendants served the Demand for Exchange of Expert Information on July 20, 2020 and that the prior trial date was on September 28, 2020. Cross-Complainant contends that service was untimely because 2 days must be added to the 70-day requirement for electronic service pursuant to CCP § 1010.6(4)(A). CCP § 1010.6(4)(A) provides:

If a document may be served by mail, express mail, overnight delivery, or facsimile transmission, electronic service of that document is deemed complete at the time of the electronic transmission of the document or at the time that the electronic notification of service of the document is sent.

Electronic service is thus deemed to be served on the same day the documents are transmitted, and so no days are added to the 70-day requirement. Cross-Defendants' service is thus timely.

As to the fourth argument, CCP § 2034.450 provides:

The party taking the deposition of an expert witness shall either accompany the service of the deposition notice with a tender of the expert's fee based on the anticipated length of the deposition, or tender that fee at the commencement of the deposition.

Both parties cite to this statutory authority. As the deposition in question has not commenced, Cross-Defendants were not required to tender the expert witness fee, and will not be required to tender the fee until commencement.

Accordingly, the court will grant the instant motion to compel the deposition of Mr. Brimhall

Sanctions – The Court finds that Cross-Complainant did not act with substantial justification and that the imposition of sanctions would not be unjust given the aforementioned circumstances.. The Court will thus award sanctions for Cross-Defendants in the amount of $1,111.65.

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RULING:

In the event the parties submit on this tentative ruling, or a party requests a signed order or the court in its discretion elects to sign a formal order, the following form will be either electronically signed or signed in hard copy and entered into the court’s records.

ORDER

Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Uni-Glory Development, Inc. and Cross-Defendants George Zhang, Lucy Xiangxin Gao, and Chien-Kuo Liu's Motion to Compel Deposition came on regularly for hearing on November 20, 2020, with appearances/submissions as noted in the minute order for said hearing, and the court, being fully advised in the premises, did then and there rule as follows:

THE MOTION TO COMPEL DEPOSITION IS GRANTED, AND ASSOCIATED SANCTIONS ARE AWARDED TO CROSS-DEFENDANTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,111.65.

DATE: _______________ _______________________________

JUDGE

Case Number: EC066531    Hearing Date: August 14, 2020    Dept: A

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Counsel are urged to use LACourtConnect, the court’s remote appearance technology (audio or video)

If it is indispensable for counsel to be present in court, face masks are mandated (unless a court orders otherwise) and social distancing rules are in force.

Uni-Glory Development v Fairview East

Motion for Leave to File 5XC

Calendar:

1

Case No.:

EC066531

Hearing Date:

August 14, 2020

Action Filed:

April 06, 2017

Trial Date:

September 28, 2020

MP:

Defendant Fairview East LLC

RP:

N/A

ALLEGATIONS:

The instant action arises from the construction dispute involving real property located at 8831, 8833, 8835, 8837, 8839, 8841, 8843, 8845, 8849, and 8851 East Fairview Avenue, San Gabriel, CA 91775 (the “Property”). Plaintiff Uni-Glory Development, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) alleges that performed certain construction services on behalf of Defendant Fairview East LLC (“Defendant”), the owner of the Property, but that Defendant failed to fully remunerate Plaintiff by failing to pay $418,437.70.

Plaintiff filed its Complaint on April 06, 2017, its First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) on April 17, 2017, and its Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) on November 08, 2017, alleging three causes of action sounding in (1) Breach of Written Contract, (2) Implied Indemnity, and (3) Declaratory Relief.

Defendant filed its Cross-Complaint on August 25, 2017, as against Plaintiff and Cross-Defendants George Zhang a/k/a George Yuguang Zhang (“Zhang”); Lucy Xiangxin Gao (“Gao”); Chien-Kuo Liu (“Liu”); Engles Shen & Associated, Inc. (“ESA”); DLAC, Inc. (“DLAC”); GDT Framing, Inc. (“GDT”); California Construction & Roofing, Inc. (“CCR”); and Golden City International, Inc. (“Golden City” and collectively the Cross-Defendants”) Defendant then filed a First Amended Cross-Complaint (“FXC”) on October 12, 2017, a Second Amended Cross-Complaint (“SXC”) on March 01, 2018, and a Third Amended Cross-Complaint (“TXC”) on November 13, 2018. In the TXC, Defendant alleges eight causes of action sounding in (1) Breach of Contract, (2) Breach of Contract (Civ. Code §1559); (3) Fraud; (4) Fraud; (5) Fraud; (6) Negligent Misrepresentation; (7) Negligence; and (8) Fraudulent Transfer.

Cross-Defendant California Construction & Roofing, Inc. filed a Cross-Complaint on January 10, 2018, as against unknown MOE Defendants, sounding in three causes of action for (1) Equitable Indemnity, (2) Contribution and Equitable Apportionment, and (3) Declaratory Relief.

PRESENTATION:

Defendant filed the motion for leave to file a fifth amended cross-complaint on February 27, 2020. No opposition or reply was filed.

On March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to the March 17, 2020, Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge, the Court continued the instant matter to May 1, 2020. Counsel for Defendant was informed telephonically and directed to give notice.

On April 2, 2020, and again in response to the continuing pandemic, the Court continued the matter to June 5, 2020. Counsel for Plaintiff was informed by mail and directed to give notice. A copy of the minute order was mailed to counsel.

On May 4, 2020, and again in response to the continuing pandemic, the Court continued the matter to July 6, 2020. Counsel for Plaintiff was informed by mail and directed to give notice. A copy of the minute order was mailed to counsel.

On July 6, 2020, the Court held a hearing and continued the instant matter to August 14, 2020 for the purpose of giving proper notice to all parties.

RELIEF REQUESTED:

Defendant moves for leave to file a Fifth Amended Cross-Complaint ("5XC").

DISCUSSION:

Standard of Review

CCP §473(a) permits the Court to grant leave to a party to amend a pleading. The Court’s discretion regarding granting leave to amend is usually exercised liberally to permit amendment of pleadings. (Nestle v. Santa Monica (1972) 6 Cal.3d 920, 939.) If a motion to amend is timely made and the granting of the motion will not prejudice the opposing party, it is error to refuse permission to amend. (Morgan v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (1959) 172 Cal. App. 2d 527, 530.)

CRC Rule 3.1324 requires a motion seeking leave to amend to include a copy of the proposed pleadings, to identify the amendments, and to be accompanied by a declaration including the following facts:

1) The effect of the amendment;

2) Why the amendment is necessary and proper;

3) When the facts giving rise to the amended allegations were discovered; and

4) The reasons why the request for amendment was not made earlier.

Notice

In its July 6, 2020 minute order, the Court found that the Proof of Service refers to only Robert Hsu, counsel for Chien-Kuo Liu. The instant motion also alleges claims against Uni-Glory Development, Inc.; George Zhang a/k/a George Yuguang Zhang; Lucy Xiangxin Gao; Engles Shen & Associates, Inc.; DLAC, Inc.; Eco Concrete, Inc.; GDT Framing, Inc.; California Construction & Roofing, Inc.; and Golden City International, Inc. In the same July 6, 2020 minute order, the Court ordered Cross-Complainant Fairview East, LLC to provide notice to all parties and continued the hearing date to August 14, 2020 regarding the instant motion. As of the hearing date, Cross-Complainant Fairview East, LLC has only provided additional proof of service, on July 8, 2020, for Cross-Defendant DLAC, Inc. Thus, the instant motion did not properly notice all interested parties.

Accordingly, the Court will deny the motion.

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RULING: below,

In the event the parties submit on this tentative ruling, or a party requests a signed order or the court in its discretion elects to sign a formal order, the following form will be either electronically signed or signed in hard copy and entered into the court’s records.

ORDER

Defendant and Cross-Complainant Fairview East LLC’s Motion for Leave to File a Fifth Amended Cross-Complaint came on regularly for hearing on August 14, 2020, with appearances/submissions as noted in the minute order for said hearing, and the court, being fully advised in the premises, did then and there rule as follows:

THE MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE A FIFTH AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT IS DENIED.

DATE: _______________ _______________________________

JUDGE

Case Number: EC066531    Hearing Date: July 06, 2020    Dept: A

Uni-Glory Development v Fairview East

Motion to Compel Further Responses to RFP;

Motion for Leave to File 5XC

Calendar:

1

Case No.:

EC066531

Hearing Date:

July 6, 2020

Action Filed:

April 06, 2017

Trial Date:

September 28, 2020

Motion to Compel further RFP

MP:

Defendant Fairview East LLC

RP:

Plaintiff Uni-Glory Development, Inc.; Cross-Defendants George Zhang a/k/a George Yuguang Zhang; Lucy Xiangxin Gao; Chien-Kuo Liu

Motion for Leave to File 5XC

MP:

Defendant Fairview East LLC

RP:

Plaintiff Uni-Glory Development, Inc.; Cross-Defendants George Zhang a/k/a George Yuguang Zhang; Lucy Xiangxin Gao; Chien-Kuo Liu; Engles Shen & Associates, Inc.; DLAC, Inc.; Eco Concrete, Inc.; GDT Framing, Inc.; California Construction & Roofing, Inc.; Golden City International, Inc.

ALLEGATIONS:

The instant action arises from the construction dispute involving real property located at 8831, 8833, 8835, 8837, 8839, 8841, 8843, 8845, 8849, and 8851 East Fairview Avenue, San Gabriel, CA 91775 (the “Property”). Plaintiff Uni-Glory Development, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) alleges that performed certain construction services on behalf of Defendant Fairview East LLC (“Defendant”), the owner of the Property, but that Defendant failed to fully remunerate Plaintiff by failing to pay $418,437.70.

Plaintiff filed its Complaint on April 06, 2017, its First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) on April 17, 2017, and its Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) on November 08, 2017, alleging three causes of action sounding in (1) Breach of Written Contract, (2) Implied Indemnity, and (3) Declaratory Relief.

Defendant filed its Cross-Complaint on August 25, 2017, as against Plaintiff and Cross-Defendants George Zhang a/k/a George Yuguang Zhang (“Zhang”); Lucy Xiangxin Gao (“Gao”); Chien-Kuo Liu (“Liu”); Engles Shen & Associated, Inc. (“ESA”); DLAC, Inc. (“DLAC”); GDT Framing, Inc. (“GDT”); California Construction & Roofing, Inc. (“CCR”); and Golden City International, Inc. (“Golden City” and collectively the Cross-Defendants”) Defendant then filed a First Amended Cross-Complaint (“FXC”) on October 12, 2017, a Second Amended Cross-Complaint (“SXC”) on March 01, 2018, and a Third Amended Cross-Complaint (“TXC”) on November 13, 2018. In the TXC, Defendant alleges eight causes of action sounding in (1) Breach of Contract, (2) Breach of Contract (Civ. Code §1559); (3) Fraud; (4) Fraud; (5) Fraud; (6) Negligent Misrepresentation; (7) Negligence; and (8) Fraudulent Transfer.

Cross-Defendant California Construction & Roofing, Inc. filed a Cross-Complaint on January 10, 2018, as against unknown MOE Defendants, sounding in three causes of action for (1) Equitable Indemnity, (2) Contribution and Equitable Apportionment, and (3) Declaratory Relief.

PRESENTATION:

Defendant filed the motion to compel further on February 20, 2020. Plaintiff, Zhang, and Liu (the “Opposing Parties”) filed opposition on March 09, 2020, and a reply brief was filed on March 12, 2020.

Defendant filed the motion for leave to file a fifth amended cross-complaint on February 27, 2020. No opposition or reply was filed.

On March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to the March 17, 2020, Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge, the Court continued both motions to May 1, 2020. Counsel for Defendant was informed telephonically and directed to give notice.

On April 2, 2020, and again in response to the continuing pandemic, the Court continued both motions to June 5, 2020. Counsel for Plaintiff was informed by mail and directed to give notice. A copy of the minute order was mailed to counsel.

On May 4, 2020, and again in response to the continuing pandemic, the Court continued both motions to July 6, 2020. Counsel for Plaintiff was informed by mail and directed to give notice. A copy of the minute order was mailed to counsel.

RELIEF REQUESTED:

Defendant moves to compel further response to Request for Production, Set Two, No. 01, and sanctions in the amount of $2,315.15.

Defendant moves for leave to file a Fifth Amended Cross-Complaint ("5XC").

DISCUSSION:

 

Motion to Compel Further RFP

 

Standard of Review

 

Code of Civil Procedure §2031.310 provides that a party may bring a motion to compel further to Requests for Production where the responding party provides inadequate, incomplete, or evasive responses, or the objections are too general or without merit. The propounding party must submit a declaration under Code of Civ. Proc. §2016.040 stating facts demonstrating a good faith and reasonable effort to informally resolve all issues raised by the motion. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.310, subd. (b)(2).) A motion to compel further responses to Requests for Production must further specifically identify facts showing good cause for the discovery. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2031.310, subd. (b)(1).) The motion must be brought within 45 days of service of the responses or supplemental responses. (Code of Civ. Proc., § 2031.310, subd. (c).) Sanctions are mandatory against the party or attorney who unsuccessfully makes or opposes a motion to compel further unless the party acted with substantial justification or the circumstances make imposition of sanctions unjust. (Code of Civ. Proc., § 2031.310, subd. (h).)

Good Cause

Code of Civil Procedure §2031.310(b)(1) requires the movant to set forth specific facts showing good cause justifying the production for inspection of any document described in the request for production or deposition notice.  In law and motion practice, factual evidence is supplied to the court by way of declarations.  (Calcor Space Facility v. Superior Court (1997) 53 Cal. App. 4th 216, 224) (rejecting facts supporting the production of documents that were in a separate statement because the document was not verified and did not constitute evidence).  In Calcor, the Court of Appeal issued a writ of mandate issue directing the trial court to vacate its order compelling the defendant to produce records because the plaintiff had failed to provide specific facts showing good cause for their production. Subsequently, in Digital Music News LLC v Superior Court (2014) 226 Cal. App. 4th 216 at 224, the court identified the manner for establishing good cause under Calcor: “To establish good cause, a discovery proponent must identify a disputed fact that is of consequence in the action and explain how the discovery sought will tend in reason to prove or disprove that fact or lead to other evidence that will tend to prove or disprove the fact.

The same issue identified in Calcor exists here.  The declaration of the moving party’s attorney does not include any specific facts showing good cause for the inspection of the documents sought in each of the requests for production at issue.  Counsel does not offer any sufficient specific facts regarding the documents sought, the requests for production, or the  disputed facts that are of consequence in the action to explain how the discovery sought will tend to prove or disprove the disputed fact or lead to other evidence that will tend to prove or disprove the fact.  This does not comply with the requirements of Code of Civ. Proc. §2031.310(b)(1) as set forth in Calcor and Digital Music. Further, Court will additionally note that Defendant was unlikely to succeed on the merits of the motion regardless, as the discovery identifies multiple responding parties, which does not comply with Code of Civ. Proc. §§2031.030(b) & 2031.040, indicating that propounding discovery should be limited to a single responding party.

Accordingly, the motion will be denied.

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Motion for Leave to File 5XC

Standard of Review

CCP §473(a) permits the Court to grant leave to a party to amend a pleading. The Court’s discretion regarding granting leave to amend is usually exercised liberally to permit amendment of pleadings. (Nestle v. Santa Monica (1972) 6 Cal.3d 920, 939.) If a motion to amend is timely made and the granting of the motion will not prejudice the opposing party, it is error to refuse permission to amend. (Morgan v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (1959) 172 Cal. App. 2d 527, 530.)

CRC Rule 3.1324 requires a motion seeking leave to amend to include a copy of the proposed pleadings, to identify the amendments, and to be accompanied by a declaration including the following facts:

1) The effect of the amendment;

2) Why the amendment is necessary and proper;

3) When the facts giving rise to the amended allegations were discovered; and

4) The reasons why the request for amendment was not made earlier.

Notice

The instant motion did not properly notice all parties. This is sloppy work. The parties who were affected by the additional cause of action filed non-opposition. Counsel is cautioned concerning filing documents with the court with a proof of service on only those who are thought to be affected thereby,. All parties have a right to notice of all proceedings. Accordingly, the Court could deny the motion. It must be continued to give proper notice to all parties.

RULING:

In the event the parties submit on this tentative ruling, or a party requests a signed order or the court in its discretion elects to sign a formal order, the following form will be either electronically signed or signed in hard copy and entered into the court’s records.

ORDER

Defendant Fairview East LLC’s Motion to Compel Further Responses to Requests for Production, Set Two, and Motion for Leave to File a Fifth Amended Cross-Complaint came on regularly for hearing on July 6, 2020, with appearances/submissions as noted in the minute order for said hearing, and the court, being fully advised in the premises, did then and there rule as follows:

THE MOTION TO COMPEL FURTHER IS DENIED.

THE MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE A FIFTH AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT IS CONTINUED.

DATE: _______________ _______________________________

JUDGE