The Honorable Brian C. Walsh

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 1

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Biography

The Hon. Brian C. Walsh is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis on December 15, 2000.

Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1969. He then received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1972.

He began his legal career as the co-director of the Legal Aid Society of Monterey County in 1972. Two years later, he joined McTernan, Stender, Walsh, Weingus & Tondreau as an associate, where he specialized in business law. He would eventually rise to managing partner by the time of his appointment to the bench.

Walsh has been appointed Pro Tem Justice for the California Sixth District Court of Appeal.

His memberships have included the Santa Clara Bar Association, Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen, and the Alexian Brothers Foundation.

He was born and raised in San Jose, California.

Walsh is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Brian C. Walsh

  • CLAUDIA HARTKE V. ANDRE Y. SEGAL, ET AL.

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action for negligence and related claims arising from extensive damage to plaintiff Claudia Hartke’s property as a result of a fire that started on property owned by some of the defendants (the “Loma Fire”). Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion to file a second amended complaint (“SAC”), which...

  • SHOKOUFEH AZIMA V. CSI MEDICAL GROUP, ET AL.

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant CSI Medical Group, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Proced...

  • ANDRES ALEJANDRO MERCADO V. SECURITY INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS, INC., ET AL.

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by an employee of defendant Security Industry Specialists, Inc. (“SIS”). Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    According t...

  • DEWAYNE CASSEL V. GOOGLE LLC, ET AL.

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Labor Code, the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), the Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), and other statutes, arising from defendants Google LLC, Google Inc., and Alphabet, Inc.’s (collectively, “Google”) alleged practices of recruiting diverse candidates by misrepresenting th...

  • NICHOLAS VINCENT SERIO V. LVNV FUNDING, LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    The Tentative Ruling was issued conditionally under seal to the parties and lodged on February 27, 2020 by the Court. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 2.551(b)(3)(B), the Clerk will remove the tentative ruling from its sealed envelope and place it in the public file unless a motion or applicatio...

  • LEE WEBSTER V. PLATINUM PARKING MANAGEMENT, LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendants Platinum Parking Management, LLC, Platinum Parking Mgmt LLC, and/or Anthony Carchedi, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a se...

  • FOAAD HANNA V. EQUINIX LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action by employees of defendant Equinix LLC. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on September 24, 2019. The factual and procedural background of the action and the ...

  • FORREST HUFF V. SECURITAS SECURITY SERVICES USA, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by a former employee of defendant Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. (“Securitas” or “SUSA”). The plaintiff, Forrest Huff, passed away in 2019. Before the Court is defendant’s motion to dismiss, or, in the alternative, motion for judgmen...

  • SILVIA HERNANDEZ V. WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a wage and hour class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action by employees of defendant Wells Fargo Bank, National Association. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on September 24, 2019. The factual and procedural background of t...

  • IAN MCCRAY V. MARRIOTT HOTEL SERVICES, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class action arising from defendants Marriott Hotel Services, Inc. and SJMEC, Inc.’s alleged violations of the City of San Jose Minimum Wage Ordinance. Before the Court is defendants’ motion for summary judgment (or, alternatively, summary adjudication) on the ground that p...

  • ALIVIA STRICKLIN V. FIRST ALARM SECURITY & PATROL, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    These consolidated actions allege violations of the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) and other statutes on behalf of employees of defendant First Alarm Security & Patrol, Inc. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on October 1, 2019. The factu...

  • CISCO SYSTEMS, INC. V. CERTAIN UNDERWRITERS AT LLOYD’S LONDON SUBSCRIBING TO

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Policy Number W1828E160201, et al.

    The parties’ joint motion for complex designation of this matter, which is unopposed, is GRANTED.

    The Court will prepare the order.

    ...

  • CHRISTINA MENDOZA V. PLANNED PARENTHOOD MAR MONTE, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Inc., alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. F...

  • GERARDO SEGURA V. SAN JOSE, LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage and hour violations by defendants San Jose, LLC and Regional Medical Center of San Jose. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on October 22, 2019. The factual ...

  • ESTEBAN PALOMINO V. NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP., ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage statement violations against defendant Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation. Before the Court is Northrop’s motion to stay the action in favor of a related case, pursuant to PAGA, the doctrine of exclusive concurrent j...

  • SETH ROGERS V. ITY LABS CORP., ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff Seth Rogers brings this action for business torts, breaches of fiduciary duties, and related claims against his former business partner Jose Cong; the company he and Cong created, iTy Labs Corp.; and a new investor in iTy, Innogy NV, along with its employee Roland Hess and its parent company Inno...

  • JESUS CHAVEZ V. GUESS? RETAIL, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Before the Court are two actions under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by employees of defendant Guess? Retail, Inc. At issue is plaintiff Jesus Chavez’s motion for approval of a global settlement, which is unopposed.

    Plaintiff Chuck Clark seeks to join in Chavez’s motion, and this reque...

  • SIGRID R. WILLIAMS V. PREMIER SPECIALTY BRANDS LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class action on behalf of employees of defendants Premier Specialty Brands LLC and Costco Wholesale Corporation. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on August 16, 2019. The factual and procedural background of the ...

  • OTTO TIELEMANS V. AEGION ENERGY SERVICES, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court is the motion by defendants Aegion Energy Services, Inc. (“Aegion”) and Schultz Industrial Services, Inc. (“Schultz”) (collectively, “Defendants”), formerly known as Schultz Mechanical Contractors, Inc., to compel arbitration of the second through eighth causes of action of plain...

  • SHANNON SANCHEZ, ET AL. V. EXAMONE WORLD WIDE, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of medical examiners for defendants ExamOne World Wide, Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval of a settlemen...

  • INESS SOLUTIONS, INC. V. CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    -5

    These related actions arise from a business dispute between plaintiff InESS Solutions, Inc. and defendant Cisco Systems, Inc. Before the Court is a motion by Cisco to consolidate the two actions, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    InESS filed June 28, 2019. ...

  • ROBERT JOHN STEVENSON, SR. V. SJBH LLC, ET AL.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant SJBH LLC, alleging improper calculation of overtime wages. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Ba...

  • IN RE BLOOM ENERGY SECURITIES LITIGATION

    Dec 13, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    This consolidated putative class action arises from alleged misrepresentations and omissions in the registration statement and prospectus issued in connection with defendant Bloom Energy Corporation’s July 2018 initial public stock offering (the “IPO”). Before the Court is a motion by Bloom and individual ...

  • JOSE SOTO V. ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS INC., ET AL.

    Dec 13, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of employees of defendant Environmental Systems Inc., alleging wage statement violations. Plaintiff Jose Soto also brings individual claims for harassment, discrimination, and related causes of action. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Brian C. Walsh

  • CLAUDIA HARTKE V. ANDRE Y. SEGAL, ET AL.

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action for negligence and related claims arising from extensive damage to plaintiff Claudia Hartke’s property as a result of a fire that started on property owned by some of the defendants (the “Loma Fire”). Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion to file a second amended complaint (“SAC”), which...

  • SHOKOUFEH AZIMA V. CSI MEDICAL GROUP, ET AL.

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant CSI Medical Group, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Proced...

  • ANDRES ALEJANDRO MERCADO V. SECURITY INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS, INC., ET AL.

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by an employee of defendant Security Industry Specialists, Inc. (“SIS”). Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    According t...

  • DEWAYNE CASSEL V. GOOGLE LLC, ET AL.

    Mar 06, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Labor Code, the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), the Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), and other statutes, arising from defendants Google LLC, Google Inc., and Alphabet, Inc.’s (collectively, “Google”) alleged practices of recruiting diverse candidates by misrepresenting th...

  • NICHOLAS VINCENT SERIO V. LVNV FUNDING, LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    The Tentative Ruling was issued conditionally under seal to the parties and lodged on February 27, 2020 by the Court. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 2.551(b)(3)(B), the Clerk will remove the tentative ruling from its sealed envelope and place it in the public file unless a motion or applicatio...

  • LEE WEBSTER V. PLATINUM PARKING MANAGEMENT, LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendants Platinum Parking Management, LLC, Platinum Parking Mgmt LLC, and/or Anthony Carchedi, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a se...

  • FOAAD HANNA V. EQUINIX LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action by employees of defendant Equinix LLC. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on September 24, 2019. The factual and procedural background of the action and the ...

  • FORREST HUFF V. SECURITAS SECURITY SERVICES USA, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by a former employee of defendant Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. (“Securitas” or “SUSA”). The plaintiff, Forrest Huff, passed away in 2019. Before the Court is defendant’s motion to dismiss, or, in the alternative, motion for judgmen...

  • SILVIA HERNANDEZ V. WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a wage and hour class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action by employees of defendant Wells Fargo Bank, National Association. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on September 24, 2019. The factual and procedural background of t...

  • IAN MCCRAY V. MARRIOTT HOTEL SERVICES, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class action arising from defendants Marriott Hotel Services, Inc. and SJMEC, Inc.’s alleged violations of the City of San Jose Minimum Wage Ordinance. Before the Court is defendants’ motion for summary judgment (or, alternatively, summary adjudication) on the ground that p...

  • ALIVIA STRICKLIN V. FIRST ALARM SECURITY & PATROL, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 28, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    These consolidated actions allege violations of the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) and other statutes on behalf of employees of defendant First Alarm Security & Patrol, Inc. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on October 1, 2019. The factu...

  • CISCO SYSTEMS, INC. V. CERTAIN UNDERWRITERS AT LLOYD’S LONDON SUBSCRIBING TO

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Policy Number W1828E160201, et al.

    The parties’ joint motion for complex designation of this matter, which is unopposed, is GRANTED.

    The Court will prepare the order.

    ...

  • CHRISTINA MENDOZA V. PLANNED PARENTHOOD MAR MONTE, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Inc., alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. F...

  • GERARDO SEGURA V. SAN JOSE, LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage and hour violations by defendants San Jose, LLC and Regional Medical Center of San Jose. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on October 22, 2019. The factual ...

  • ESTEBAN PALOMINO V. NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP., ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage statement violations against defendant Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation. Before the Court is Northrop’s motion to stay the action in favor of a related case, pursuant to PAGA, the doctrine of exclusive concurrent j...

  • SETH ROGERS V. ITY LABS CORP., ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff Seth Rogers brings this action for business torts, breaches of fiduciary duties, and related claims against his former business partner Jose Cong; the company he and Cong created, iTy Labs Corp.; and a new investor in iTy, Innogy NV, along with its employee Roland Hess and its parent company Inno...

  • JESUS CHAVEZ V. GUESS? RETAIL, INC., ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Before the Court are two actions under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by employees of defendant Guess? Retail, Inc. At issue is plaintiff Jesus Chavez’s motion for approval of a global settlement, which is unopposed.

    Plaintiff Chuck Clark seeks to join in Chavez’s motion, and this reque...

  • SIGRID R. WILLIAMS V. PREMIER SPECIALTY BRANDS LLC, ET AL.

    Feb 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class action on behalf of employees of defendants Premier Specialty Brands LLC and Costco Wholesale Corporation. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on August 16, 2019. The factual and procedural background of the ...

  • OTTO TIELEMANS V. AEGION ENERGY SERVICES, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court is the motion by defendants Aegion Energy Services, Inc. (“Aegion”) and Schultz Industrial Services, Inc. (“Schultz”) (collectively, “Defendants”), formerly known as Schultz Mechanical Contractors, Inc., to compel arbitration of the second through eighth causes of action of plain...

  • SHANNON SANCHEZ, ET AL. V. EXAMONE WORLD WIDE, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of medical examiners for defendants ExamOne World Wide, Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval of a settlemen...

  • INESS SOLUTIONS, INC. V. CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    -5

    These related actions arise from a business dispute between plaintiff InESS Solutions, Inc. and defendant Cisco Systems, Inc. Before the Court is a motion by Cisco to consolidate the two actions, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    InESS filed June 28, 2019. ...

  • ROBERT JOHN STEVENSON, SR. V. SJBH LLC, ET AL.

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant SJBH LLC, alleging improper calculation of overtime wages. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Ba...

  • IN RE BLOOM ENERGY SECURITIES LITIGATION

    Dec 13, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    This consolidated putative class action arises from alleged misrepresentations and omissions in the registration statement and prospectus issued in connection with defendant Bloom Energy Corporation’s July 2018 initial public stock offering (the “IPO”). Before the Court is a motion by Bloom and individual ...

  • JOSE SOTO V. ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS INC., ET AL.

    Dec 13, 2019 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of employees of defendant Environmental Systems Inc., alleging wage statement violations. Plaintiff Jose Soto also brings individual claims for harassment, discrimination, and related causes of action. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval...

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