What is a Motion for Failure to State A Claim?

A “motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted” is a procedural label used in federal court, not California court. The state-court equivalents are a demurrer, or a motion for judgment on the pleadings. Code of Civ. Proc., §§430.10, 438.

The function of a demurrer is to test the legal sufficiency of a pleading. Trs. Of Capital Wholesale Elec. Etc. Fund v. Shearson Lehman Bros. (1990) 221 Cal.App.3d 617, 621. Consequently, “[a] demurrer reaches only to the contents of the pleading and such matters as may be considered under the doctrine of judicial notice.” South Shore Land Co. v. Petersen (1964) 226 Cal.App.2d 725, 732. “It is not the ordinary function of a demurrer to test the truth of the plaintiff’s allegations or the accuracy with which he describes the defendant’s conduct.... [T]he facts alleged in the pleading are deemed to be true, however improbable they may be.” Align Technology, Inc. v. Tran (2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 949, 958.

“Judgment on the pleadings is akin to a demurrer and is properly granted only if the complaint does not state facts sufficient to state a cause of action against that defendant. The grounds for the motion must appear on the face of the complaint, and in any matters subject to judicial notice. The court accepts as true all material factual allegations, giving them a liberal construction, but it does not consider conclusions of fact or law, opinions, speculation, or allegations contrary to law or judicially noticed facts.” Shea Homes Limited Partnership v. County of Alameda (2003) 110 Cal.App.4th 1246, 1254.

It is an abuse of discretion for the court to deny leave to amend where there is any reasonable possibility that plaintiff can state a good cause of action. Goodman v. Kennedy (1976) 18 Cal.3d 335, 349. The burden is on the plaintiff to show in what manner he or she can amend the complaint, and how that amendment will change the legal effect of the pleading. Medina v. Safe-Guard Products (2008) 164 Cal.App.4th 105, 112.

For more see Demurrer and Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.

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TCF National Bank's Answer to Amended Complaint - Demurrer

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Answer/General Denial TO FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT - Answer/General Denial

WILSON TURNER KOSMO ROBERT A. SHIELDS (206042) JAMES P. LEONARD II (255575) 402 West Broadway, Suite 1600 San Diego, California 92101 Telephone: (619) 236-9600 Facsimile: (619) 236-9669 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Em

TCF National Bank's Answer to Amended Complaint - Answer - Response - De...

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Motion - Demurrer Filed

Julian Burns King (Bar No. 298617) [email protected] Elliot J. Siegel (Bar No. 286798) [email protected] Robert J. King (Bar No. 302545) [email protected] KING & SIEGEL LLP 724 S. Spring Street, Suite 201 Los Angeles, California 90014 tel

Answer Cross Complaint -

LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH LLP CHRISTOPHER J. NEVIS, SBN 162812 Email: [email protected] CHRISTINE BALBO REED, SBN 179967 Email: [email protected] 11/23/2020 JOSHUA BART, SBN 259134 Email: [email protected]

Answer 1st Amended Complaint -

LAW OFFICES OF MATIN RAJABOV Matin Rajabov (SBN 11/12/2020 695 Vermont Avenue, South Tower, Suite 1701 Los Angeles, CA 90005 T. 213 F. 866 Attorney for Defendant OLYMPIA LAW GROUP SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Answer/General Denial

PATRICIA K. CONWAY (SBN 183764) [email protected] LOUIS R. BARELLA (SBN 118003) [email protected] TYSON & MENDES LLP 371 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Suite 100 Novato, CA 94949 Telephone: (628) 253-5070 Facsimile: (415) 785-3165

Answer/General Denial

David V. Roth (State Bar No. 194648) [email protected] Curtis A. Gole (State Bar No. @manningllp.com MANNING & KASS ELLROD, RAMIREZ, TRESTER LLP One California Street, Suite 900 San Francisco, California 94111 Telephone: (415) 217 6990

Answer Cross Complaint -

1 CHARLIE H. LUH, ESQ. (Bar #202327) D. JASON FERRIS, Esq. (Bar #209726 10/27/2020 2 LUH & FERRIS 3 1320 Willow Pass Rd, #600 Concord, CA 94520 4 Phone: (925) 255-0905 Fax: (925) 471-8401 5 Attorneys for Cross-Defendant 6 THE A.C. HOUSTON LUMBER COMPANY

Answer Amended -

TRAINOR FAIRBROOK ELECTRONICALLY FILED [email protected] L. ERY SEI (SBN 186141) Superior Court of California, [email protected] DUSTIN M. AMREIN (SBN 304561) County of Placer N [email protected]

Defendant CSAA Insurance Exchange Answer to First Amended Complaint - Se...

MATTHEW S. FOY (SBN: 187238) MICHAEL A. PURSELL (SBN: 278869) GORDON REES SCULLY MANSUKHANI, LLP 275 Battery Street, Suite 2000 San Francisco, CA 94111 Telephone: (415) 986-5900 Facsimile: (415) 986-8054 [email protected]

Answer Filed

WILLIAM NOEL EDLIN, ESQ. (SBN 107796) [email protected] CAROLINE B. FAWLEY, ESQ. (SBN 293554) [email protected] BASSI, EDLIN, HUIE & BLUM LLP 500 Washington Street, Suite 700 San Francisco, CA 94111 Telephone: (415) 397-9006 Facsimile: (415) 397-1339 Attorneys for Defendant SUPERIOR

Answer (Unlimited) (Fee Applies) - to Complaint

PLD-050 FTTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, Sfale Bar number, and address). con cour use ower Leeann Emmons 816 Saratoga Avenue, M101 San Jose, CA 95129 ‘TELEPHONE NO. (727) 348-5606 FAX NO. (Optional) E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optiona): [email protected] ATTORNEY FOR (Name): In Pro Per ISUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF Santa Clara STREET ADDRESS: 191 North First Street MAILING ADDRESS: crty aND zip cope: San Jose. 95113 BRANCH NAME. PLAINTIFF/PETITIONER: Bonita Sprinas Home Health LL

Defendant Els of Florida, Inc.'s Answer to Plaintiffs' First Amended Rep...

STACEY E. JAMES, Bar No. 185651 [email protected] BRITTANY L. MCCARTHY, Bar No. 285947 [email protected] LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. 501 W. Broadway, Suite 900 San Diego, CA 92101.3577 Telephone: 619.232.0441 Fax No.: 619.232.4302 Attorneys for De

Plaintiff's Opposition to Demurrer of Defendant Gatt Auto - Demurrer

JILL L. HARRIS, SBN 276832 HARRIS CONSUMER LAW 1809 S Street, Ste. 101-174 Sacramento, CA 95811 T: (916) 572-9410 ▪ F: (916) 905-3888 Email: [email protected] Attorney for Plaintiffs WILLIAM A. MOLINE and MARY JO T. MOLINE SUPERIOR

Defendants' Answer to Complaint for Damages - Case Management Conference

DAVID C. KURTZ (SBN 330527) [email protected] SARAH E. ROBERTSON (SBN 142439) [email protected] CHRISTIN A. LAWLER (SBN 272607) [email protected] CONSTANGY, BROOKS, SMITH & PROPHETE LLP 601 Montgomery Street, Suite 350 San Francisco, CA 94111 Telephone: (415) 918-3000 Attorneys for Defe

2020 10 01 Answer to X-Complaint - Answer Filed

Allen C. Ostergar III (State Bar No. 166411) [email protected] OSTERGAR LAW GROUP P.C. 9110 Irvine Center Drive Irvine, California 92618 Phone: (949) 305-4590 Fax: (949) 305-4591 Attorneys forPlaintiff /Cross-Defendant P.W. STEPHENS ENVIRONMENTAL, INC.

Motion for Entry of Judgment - Notice of Motion

[email protected] DANIEL R. PALUCH (State Bar No. 287231) [email protected] Telephone: (310) 552-4400 Facsimile: (310) 552-8400 YGRENE ENERGY FUND INC. SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF

Plaintiff's Opposition to Demurrer of Defendant Gatt Auto - Opposition -...

JILL L. HARRIS, SBN 276832 HARRIS CONSUMER LAW 1809 S Street, Ste. 101-174 Sacramento, CA 95811 T: (916) 572-9410 ▪ F: (916) 905-3888 Email: [email protected] Attorney for Plaintiffs WILLIAM A. MOLINE and MARY JO T. MOLINE SUPERIOR

Document Other -

ELECTRONICALLY FILED superior Court of California, TRAINOR FAIRBROOK County of Placer JENNIFER L. PRUSKI (SBN 186

Answer/General Denial

Michael R. Minguet, Esq. (SBN 2 [email protected] Stephanie S. Ho, Esq. (SBN 306109) [email protected] OREY ICHARDSON 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1690 Los Angeles CA 90017 Telephone: (312) 372 Facsimile (312) 372 Attorneys for Defendant

Answer-Alvarado - Answer Filed

CoO YN DH BF Ww NY nN NN RY Be Be Be Be Be Be Be Re eB BRRERRBRRBSREBASAZESHSzAS William L. Cowin (Bar No. 065532) Law Offices of William L. Cowin, APC 2344 Tulare Street, Suite 300 Fresno, California 93721-2297 Telephone: (559) 445-1234 Facsimile: (559) 445-0703 Attorneys for: © ORQUIDIA “ORCHID” ALVARADO. SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF FRESNO AERIN FERRER, a minor, by and through CASE NO: 20 CECG 02165 her Guardian ad litem, MAI NGUYEN, ANSWER:

Answer/General Denial

Michael R. Minguet, Esq. (SBN 204027) [email protected] Stephanie S. Ho, Esq. (SBN 306109) [email protected] KOREY RICHARDSON LLP 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1690 Los Angeles CA 90017 Telephone: (213271-2717 Facsimile: (221-4739 Attorneys for Defe

Answer/General Denial

BRUCE J. SARCHET, Bar No. 121042 [email protected] JOHN H. ADAMS, JR., Bar No. 253341 [email protected] LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C. 500 Capitol Mall Suite 2000 Sacramento, CA 95814 Telephone: 916.830.7200 Fax No.: 916.561.0828

Complaint - Order to Show Cause - Predisposition

' . - . i ' i D. Scott Carruthers, SBN 68745 A Professional Law Co oration 8448 Katella Avenue/P Box 228 Stanton, California 90680 F Sugerior Co

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