What is a Motion for Nonsuit?

The function of a motion for nonsuit is to challenge the sufficiency of plaintiff’s evidence during trial. (In re Estate of Daly (1911) 15 Cal.App. 329, 330-331 (Daly).)

“A motion for a nonsuit presents a question of law for determination by the court. The motion is tantamount to a demurrer to the evidence, or an objection that, admitting all the proved material facts to be true, said facts do not in legal effect operate in favor of plaintiff, or, in other words, do not entitle him to the relief asked for by him.” (In re Estate of Daly (1911) 15 Cal.App. 329, 330-331 (Daly).)

Legal Standard

A motion for nonsuit may be brought “[o]nly after, and not before, the plaintiff has completed his or her opening statement, or after the presentation of his or her evidence in a trial by jury.” (Code of Civ. Proc., § 581c(a).)

Although the nonsuit motion may be made orally in open court, “[i]t is a fundamental rule that the motion should state the precise grounds on which it is made, with the defects in the plaintiff's case clearly and particularly indicated.” (John Norton Farms v. Todagco (1981) 124 Cal.App.3d 149, 161.) The ground replied upon for a nonsuit should be stated to the trial court (Sebring v. Harris (1912) 20 Cal.App. 56, 58), and the court cannot go beyond the limits of the motion in rendering its decision. (Bush v. Weed Lumber Co. (1921) 55 Cal.App. 588, 590 (Bush).) It is the duty of the court to let the case go to the jury if there is any doubt. (Id.)

“[T]he evidence, on a motion for a nonsuit on the close of plaintiff's case, must be accorded the benefit of its full probative force, and this is true whether the evidence has been erroneously admitted or not. It is also true that on such motion the evidence must be taken most strongly against the defendant, and if the plaintiff has introduced proof sufficient to make out a prima facie case under the allegations of his complaint, the motion, if made on the close of his case, should be denied.” (In re Estate of Daly (1911) 15 Cal.App. 329, 330-331 (Daly).)

In other words, “[a] trial court may grant a nonsuit only when, disregarding conflicting evidence, viewing the record in the light most favorable to the plaintiff and indulging in every legitimate inference which may be drawn from the evidence, it determines there is no substantial evidence to support a judgment in the plaintiff's favor.” (Dina v. People ex rel. Dept. of Transportation (2007) 151 Cal.App.4th 1047.)

Because a nonsuit deprives plaintiff of the right to have his or her case determined by a jury, it is proper only where judgment is required as a matter of law, despite resolving all presumptions, inferences and doubts in plaintiff’s favor. (Galanek v. Wismar (1999) 68 Cal.App.4th 1417, 1424.) If the defendant makes a prima facie showing, the plaintiff may avoid judgment by requesting leave to reopen the case-in-chief and making an offer of proof as to how the defect(s) can be cured. (R&B Auto Ctr., Inc. v. Farmers Group, Inc. (2006) 140 Cal.App.4th 327, 340.)

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Memorandum Points & Authorities -

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