The Honorable Bret D. Hillman

Tulare County Superior Court, Department 7

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Biography

The Hon. Bret D. Hillman is a judge for the Tulare County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010.

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Hillman received his B.A. from Stanford University. He went on to earn his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Hillman spent his entire legal career in private practice. He was an associate at Stringham and Rogers from 1986 to 1990. He then partnered at Stringham, Hillman, and Lew until 2007 when he was a partner at Hillman and Lew. He would remain there until receiving the call to the bench.

While on the bench, Judge Hillman has served as an Assistant Presiding Judge of the Court.

Judge Hillman's family history is well-established in Tulare. His great grandfather founded a grain business there in 1886 and it is still run by the family.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Bret D. Hillman

  • RAMSEY V. COUNTY OF TULARE, ET AL

    May 07, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Defendants’ Demurrer to Second Amended Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: To sustain the demurrer of defendants County of Tulare, et al.’s demurrer to second amended complaint with twenty days’ leave to amend.
    The court notes from a review of its file that proper notice was given to all parties....

  • JT2, INC. V. COUNTY OF TULARE, ET AL.

    May 07, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Demurrer by Defendants County of Tulare, Tulare County Resource Management Agency, Reed Schenke, John Hess, Hernan Beltran Herrera, and Grey Tompkins to Plaintiff’s Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: To Sustain Defendants’ demurrer to Plaintiff’s Complaint as to the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Causes ...

  • GOMEZ V. GARCIA

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion to Enforce Written Settlement and for Attorney’s Fees (CCP §664.6)
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion to enforce written settlement as itemized below in this ruling. Plaintiff shall be awarded attorney fees under Civil Code §1717 in the amount of $1,590.00.
    This is an ac...

  • RODRIGUEZ V. RODRIGUEZ

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File his Second Amended Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion for leave to file his first amended complaint. Plaintiff shall file his first amended complaint within five days from the notice of this ruling.
    All parties were given proper no...

  • RENFRO V. PIXLEY MEDICAL CLINIC

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motions: (1) General Demurrer to All Causes of Action to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint; (2) Motion to Strike Improper Prayer and Punitive Damages and “Retraining” from Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint
    Defendants’ demurrer is sustained without leave to amend as to plaintiff Christopher Renfro’...

  • HERNANDEZ V. METROCOM

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Demurrer to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: Defendant Metrocom, Inc.’s demurrer to plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) is overruled. Defendant Metrocom, Inc. shall have thirty days’ leave to answer the plaintiff’s FAC.
    Item #2 of defendant’s request for judicia...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF CHRISTOPHER SELIX AND ALEXIA MARIE SELIX

    Apr 29, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Objector’s Motion to Quash, Modify. Or Limit Petitioners’ Subpoena for Records Issued to Cardboard Box Company & Mountain View Dairy
    Tentative Ruling: To grant Objector’s motion to quash, modify. or limit petitioners’ subpoena for records issued to Cardboard Box Company & Mountain View Dairy

  • LOPEZ V. KLX, INC.

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Unopposed Motion for Class Certification
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff David Contreras Lopez’s (as representative for plaintiffs and the putative class) unopposed motion for class certification.
    A review of the Court’s file indicates that all necessary parties have been given timel...

  • RESA V. CENTEX HOMES

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement of Cross-Defendant California Mantel and Fireplace, Inc.;
    Tentative Ruling: To grant cross-defendant California Mantel and Fireplace, Inc.’s motion for determination of good faith settlement
    A review of the Court’s file indicates that all ...

  • HERNANDEZ V. VISALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Reconsideration Pursuant to CCP 473
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the waiver of a jury trial. Plaintiff shall deposit the applicable jury fees with the Court within ten days from the notice of this ruling.
    Plaintiff’s Request for Judicial ...

  • RESA V. CENTEX HOMES

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Cross-Defendant Fresno Precision Plastics, Inc. Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement
    Tentative Ruling: To grant the motion of cross-defendant Fresno Precision Plastics, Inc. (“FPPI”) motion for determination of good faith settlement
    A review of the Court’s file indicates that...

  • IMPAX AUTOMATION, LLC V. VISALIA DAIRY COMPANY

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Entry of Judgment Pursuant to CCP §664.6
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff Impax Automation, LLC’s motion for entry of judgment under CCP §664.6 in the amount of $220,000.00 against Visalia Dairy Company and defendants Mark D. Acevedo, and Leonard Vandenberg.
    $50,000 of this...

  • LVNV FUNDING LLC V. PATTERSON

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion to Deem Admitted Request for Admissions
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff LVNV Funding LLC’s motion to deem admitted request for admissions. The facts and allegations identified in Requests for Admissions 1 through 10 of plaintiff’s first set of requests for admissions to defendant S...

  • DISCOVER BANK V. ALVAREZ

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff Discover Bank’s motion for judgment on the pleadings.
    The proof of service on file with the Court for this matter indicates that defendant Issac V. Alvarez received timely and proper notice of this motion for judgme...

  • E.G. V. SYCAMORE VALLEY ACADEMY

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion by Defendants Sycamore Valley Academy, The Academies Charter Management Organization, and Ruth Dutton to Strike Plaintiff’s Prayers for Costs and Attorney’s Fees and for Punitive Damages
    Tentative Ruling: To Grant Defendants’ Motion to Strike Plaintiff’s prayers for recovery of attorney...

  • MARTINEZ V. MARTINEZ

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motions: (1) Motion Compelling Response to Special Interrogatories Set One and for Monetary Sanctions; (2) Motion to Compel Response to Request to Request for Production of Documents Set One, and Production Thereof.
    Tentative Rulings: (1) To grant plaintiff’s motion compelling response to special inte...

  • KAWEAH CONTAINER V. BROOKFIELD BOX COMPANY

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Order Compelling Production of Documents and for Monetary Sanctions (CCP §708.030)
    Tentative Ruling: To grant judgment creditor Kaweah Container, Inc.’s motion to compel judgment debtor Brookfield Box Company, Inc. to respond to judgment creditor Kaweah Container, Inc.’s request for...

  • REYES V. CFS, LP

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Plaintiff’s Motion for Order Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement
    Tentative Ruling: To Grant Plaintiff’s Motion for Order Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement. A hearing on compliance with the terms of the settlement shall be on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. i...

  • RODRIGUEZ V. QUEZADA

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motions: (1) Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiff to Answer Special Interrogatories; Request for Sanctions; (2) Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiff to Answer Form Interrogatories; Request for Sanctions; (3) Motion to Deem the Truth of Matters Specified in Requests for Admissions, Set One, Admitted and C...

  • GONZALEZ V. VELASCO

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
    Tentative Ruling: Defendant Vidal Barreto Velasco’s motion for judgment on the pleadings is granted as to the conversion and quantum meruit/unjust enrichment causes of action and denied as to plaintiff’s quiet title and fraud cause of action.
    Defendant...

  • JIM’S SUPPLY V. LOPEZ

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Leave to file Second Amended Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: To deny plaintiff’s motion to file second amended complaint without prejudice
    California Rule of Court 3.1324 (a) mandates that “[a] motion to amend a pleading before trial must: (1) Include a copy of the proposed amendme...

  • DISCOVER BANK V. ALVAREZ

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
    Tentative Ruling: To continue the hearing on plaintiff Discover Bank’s motion for judgment on the pleadings to April 16, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 7 of this court and direct the plaintiff to file a declaration with the Court that complies with the “me...

  • DURAN V. FOUR STAR FRUIT, INC.

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Defendant Jason Dulcich & Sons Motion to Tax Costs
    Tentative Ruling: Defendant Jason Dulcich & Sons motion to tax the $8,734.05 for fees that plaintiff paid to “jury consultant” Deborah A. Hansen, J.D., Ph.D. is granted.
    Defendant Jason Dulcich & Sons motion to tax the $297.00 associated ...

  • JONES V. WHIPPLE

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion to Set Aside Default and for Leave to Defend Action
    Tentative Ruling: To grant defendant Cindy Whipple’s motion to set aside default and for leave to defend action. Defendant shall file a responsive pleading to the plaintiff’s complaint within five days from the notice of this ruling.

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Bret D. Hillman

  • RAMSEY V. COUNTY OF TULARE, ET AL

    May 07, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Defendants’ Demurrer to Second Amended Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: To sustain the demurrer of defendants County of Tulare, et al.’s demurrer to second amended complaint with twenty days’ leave to amend.
    The court notes from a review of its file that proper notice was given to all parties....

  • JT2, INC. V. COUNTY OF TULARE, ET AL.

    May 07, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Demurrer by Defendants County of Tulare, Tulare County Resource Management Agency, Reed Schenke, John Hess, Hernan Beltran Herrera, and Grey Tompkins to Plaintiff’s Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: To Sustain Defendants’ demurrer to Plaintiff’s Complaint as to the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Causes ...

  • GOMEZ V. GARCIA

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion to Enforce Written Settlement and for Attorney’s Fees (CCP §664.6)
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion to enforce written settlement as itemized below in this ruling. Plaintiff shall be awarded attorney fees under Civil Code §1717 in the amount of $1,590.00.
    This is an ac...

  • RODRIGUEZ V. RODRIGUEZ

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File his Second Amended Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion for leave to file his first amended complaint. Plaintiff shall file his first amended complaint within five days from the notice of this ruling.
    All parties were given proper no...

  • RENFRO V. PIXLEY MEDICAL CLINIC

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motions: (1) General Demurrer to All Causes of Action to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint; (2) Motion to Strike Improper Prayer and Punitive Damages and “Retraining” from Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint
    Defendants’ demurrer is sustained without leave to amend as to plaintiff Christopher Renfro’...

  • HERNANDEZ V. METROCOM

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Demurrer to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: Defendant Metrocom, Inc.’s demurrer to plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) is overruled. Defendant Metrocom, Inc. shall have thirty days’ leave to answer the plaintiff’s FAC.
    Item #2 of defendant’s request for judicia...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF CHRISTOPHER SELIX AND ALEXIA MARIE SELIX

    Apr 29, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Objector’s Motion to Quash, Modify. Or Limit Petitioners’ Subpoena for Records Issued to Cardboard Box Company & Mountain View Dairy
    Tentative Ruling: To grant Objector’s motion to quash, modify. or limit petitioners’ subpoena for records issued to Cardboard Box Company & Mountain View Dairy

  • LOPEZ V. KLX, INC.

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Unopposed Motion for Class Certification
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff David Contreras Lopez’s (as representative for plaintiffs and the putative class) unopposed motion for class certification.
    A review of the Court’s file indicates that all necessary parties have been given timel...

  • RESA V. CENTEX HOMES

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement of Cross-Defendant California Mantel and Fireplace, Inc.;
    Tentative Ruling: To grant cross-defendant California Mantel and Fireplace, Inc.’s motion for determination of good faith settlement
    A review of the Court’s file indicates that all ...

  • HERNANDEZ V. VISALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Reconsideration Pursuant to CCP 473
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the waiver of a jury trial. Plaintiff shall deposit the applicable jury fees with the Court within ten days from the notice of this ruling.
    Plaintiff’s Request for Judicial ...

  • RESA V. CENTEX HOMES

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Cross-Defendant Fresno Precision Plastics, Inc. Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement
    Tentative Ruling: To grant the motion of cross-defendant Fresno Precision Plastics, Inc. (“FPPI”) motion for determination of good faith settlement
    A review of the Court’s file indicates that...

  • IMPAX AUTOMATION, LLC V. VISALIA DAIRY COMPANY

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Entry of Judgment Pursuant to CCP §664.6
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff Impax Automation, LLC’s motion for entry of judgment under CCP §664.6 in the amount of $220,000.00 against Visalia Dairy Company and defendants Mark D. Acevedo, and Leonard Vandenberg.
    $50,000 of this...

  • LVNV FUNDING LLC V. PATTERSON

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion to Deem Admitted Request for Admissions
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff LVNV Funding LLC’s motion to deem admitted request for admissions. The facts and allegations identified in Requests for Admissions 1 through 10 of plaintiff’s first set of requests for admissions to defendant S...

  • DISCOVER BANK V. ALVAREZ

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
    Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff Discover Bank’s motion for judgment on the pleadings.
    The proof of service on file with the Court for this matter indicates that defendant Issac V. Alvarez received timely and proper notice of this motion for judgme...

  • E.G. V. SYCAMORE VALLEY ACADEMY

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion by Defendants Sycamore Valley Academy, The Academies Charter Management Organization, and Ruth Dutton to Strike Plaintiff’s Prayers for Costs and Attorney’s Fees and for Punitive Damages
    Tentative Ruling: To Grant Defendants’ Motion to Strike Plaintiff’s prayers for recovery of attorney...

  • MARTINEZ V. MARTINEZ

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motions: (1) Motion Compelling Response to Special Interrogatories Set One and for Monetary Sanctions; (2) Motion to Compel Response to Request to Request for Production of Documents Set One, and Production Thereof.
    Tentative Rulings: (1) To grant plaintiff’s motion compelling response to special inte...

  • KAWEAH CONTAINER V. BROOKFIELD BOX COMPANY

    Apr 16, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Order Compelling Production of Documents and for Monetary Sanctions (CCP §708.030)
    Tentative Ruling: To grant judgment creditor Kaweah Container, Inc.’s motion to compel judgment debtor Brookfield Box Company, Inc. to respond to judgment creditor Kaweah Container, Inc.’s request for...

  • REYES V. CFS, LP

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Plaintiff’s Motion for Order Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement
    Tentative Ruling: To Grant Plaintiff’s Motion for Order Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement. A hearing on compliance with the terms of the settlement shall be on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. i...

  • RODRIGUEZ V. QUEZADA

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motions: (1) Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiff to Answer Special Interrogatories; Request for Sanctions; (2) Motion for Order Compelling Plaintiff to Answer Form Interrogatories; Request for Sanctions; (3) Motion to Deem the Truth of Matters Specified in Requests for Admissions, Set One, Admitted and C...

  • GONZALEZ V. VELASCO

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
    Tentative Ruling: Defendant Vidal Barreto Velasco’s motion for judgment on the pleadings is granted as to the conversion and quantum meruit/unjust enrichment causes of action and denied as to plaintiff’s quiet title and fraud cause of action.
    Defendant...

  • JIM’S SUPPLY V. LOPEZ

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Leave to file Second Amended Complaint
    Tentative Ruling: To deny plaintiff’s motion to file second amended complaint without prejudice
    California Rule of Court 3.1324 (a) mandates that “[a] motion to amend a pleading before trial must: (1) Include a copy of the proposed amendme...

  • DISCOVER BANK V. ALVAREZ

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
    Tentative Ruling: To continue the hearing on plaintiff Discover Bank’s motion for judgment on the pleadings to April 16, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 7 of this court and direct the plaintiff to file a declaration with the Court that complies with the “me...

  • DURAN V. FOUR STAR FRUIT, INC.

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Defendant Jason Dulcich & Sons Motion to Tax Costs
    Tentative Ruling: Defendant Jason Dulcich & Sons motion to tax the $8,734.05 for fees that plaintiff paid to “jury consultant” Deborah A. Hansen, J.D., Ph.D. is granted.
    Defendant Jason Dulcich & Sons motion to tax the $297.00 associated ...

  • JONES V. WHIPPLE

    Apr 09, 2019 |  Tulare County

    Motion: Motion to Set Aside Default and for Leave to Defend Action
    Tentative Ruling: To grant defendant Cindy Whipple’s motion to set aside default and for leave to defend action. Defendant shall file a responsive pleading to the plaintiff’s complaint within five days from the notice of this ruling.

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