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

  • ALPHABET SHAREHOLDER DERIVATIVE CASES

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    [TO BE ISSUED CONFIDENTIALLY]

    The [Tentative] Ruling was issued conditionally under seal to the parties and lodged on June 25, 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 publi...

  • LORIE ANN GUZMAN V. MANDARICH LAW GROUP, LLP, ET AL.

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a class action under the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“RFDCPA” or “Rosenthal Act”). Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, summary adjudication. Defendant Mandarich Law Group, LLP opposes plaintiff’s motion.

    Plaintiff’s request for ju...

  • IN RE CLOUDERA, INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION

    Jun 26, 2020 |  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 Cloudera, Inc.’s acquisition of and merger with Hortonworks, Inc.

    Before the Court is a renewed motion by Cloudera and indivi...

  • RONALD BALANAG, ET AL. V. LAPTALO ENTERPRISES, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 19, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action arising from allegations that defendant Laptalo Enterprises, Inc. dba JL Precision imposed illegal time rounding and break policies on its employees. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is u...

  • CAITLIN GEENEN V. HOUZZ, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 19, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage and hour violations by defendant Houzz, Inc. Before the Court is Houzz’s motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s individual claims, dismiss her putative class claims, and stay these proceedings in their entirety. P...

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

    Jun 19, 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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on March 9, 2020. The factual and ...

  • CHRISTOPHER ONTIVEROS V. BAKER CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Baker Concrete Construction, 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. Fa...

  • HECTOR LUNA V. TRIPLE CANOPY, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) on behalf of employees of defendants Triple Canopy, Inc., Constellis, Inc., and Constellis, LLC, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval of a global settlement of this a...

  • CAITLYN PHILLIPS V. APPLE INC.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Attorney Stanley D. Saltzman (Marlin & Saltzman, LLP)’s motion to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Caitlyn Philips and request for dismissal, which are unopposed, are GRANTED.

    COVID-19 LAW AND MOTION HEARING PROCEDURES

    Pursuant to the Judicial Council’s Emergency Rule 3(a)(1) and (3), a...

  • VLADIMIR GUSINSKY REVOCABLE TRUST V. JOHN R. PEELER, ET AL.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This derivative action arises from alleged misrepresentations and omissions in the registration statement and prospectus issued in connection with the merger of nominal defendant Veeco Instruments, Inc. with Ultratech, Inc.

    Before the Court is a demurrer (1) by all defendants on the ground that pla...

  • XUEHUA WANG, ET AL. V. ART OF REFLEXOLOGY MILPITAS, LLC, ET AL.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a class action alleging that defendants misclassified employees as independent contractors and committed other wage and hour violations.

    Before the Court is plaintiffs’ motion for terminating or, alternatively, issue or evidence sanctions, as well as monetary sanctions, due to defendants’ a...

  • 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...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Brian C. Walsh

  • ALPHABET SHAREHOLDER DERIVATIVE CASES

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    [TO BE ISSUED CONFIDENTIALLY]

    The [Tentative] Ruling was issued conditionally under seal to the parties and lodged on June 25, 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 publi...

  • LORIE ANN GUZMAN V. MANDARICH LAW GROUP, LLP, ET AL.

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a class action under the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“RFDCPA” or “Rosenthal Act”). Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, summary adjudication. Defendant Mandarich Law Group, LLP opposes plaintiff’s motion.

    Plaintiff’s request for ju...

  • IN RE CLOUDERA, INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION

    Jun 26, 2020 |  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 Cloudera, Inc.’s acquisition of and merger with Hortonworks, Inc.

    Before the Court is a renewed motion by Cloudera and indivi...

  • RONALD BALANAG, ET AL. V. LAPTALO ENTERPRISES, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 19, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action arising from allegations that defendant Laptalo Enterprises, Inc. dba JL Precision imposed illegal time rounding and break policies on its employees. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is u...

  • CAITLIN GEENEN V. HOUZZ, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 19, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage and hour violations by defendant Houzz, Inc. Before the Court is Houzz’s motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s individual claims, dismiss her putative class claims, and stay these proceedings in their entirety. P...

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

    Jun 19, 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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on March 9, 2020. The factual and ...

  • CHRISTOPHER ONTIVEROS V. BAKER CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Baker Concrete Construction, 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. Fa...

  • HECTOR LUNA V. TRIPLE CANOPY, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) on behalf of employees of defendants Triple Canopy, Inc., Constellis, Inc., and Constellis, LLC, alleging a number of wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval of a global settlement of this a...

  • CAITLYN PHILLIPS V. APPLE INC.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Attorney Stanley D. Saltzman (Marlin & Saltzman, LLP)’s motion to be relieved as counsel for plaintiff Caitlyn Philips and request for dismissal, which are unopposed, are GRANTED.

    COVID-19 LAW AND MOTION HEARING PROCEDURES

    Pursuant to the Judicial Council’s Emergency Rule 3(a)(1) and (3), a...

  • VLADIMIR GUSINSKY REVOCABLE TRUST V. JOHN R. PEELER, ET AL.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This derivative action arises from alleged misrepresentations and omissions in the registration statement and prospectus issued in connection with the merger of nominal defendant Veeco Instruments, Inc. with Ultratech, Inc.

    Before the Court is a demurrer (1) by all defendants on the ground that pla...

  • XUEHUA WANG, ET AL. V. ART OF REFLEXOLOGY MILPITAS, LLC, ET AL.

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a class action alleging that defendants misclassified employees as independent contractors and committed other wage and hour violations.

    Before the Court is plaintiffs’ motion for terminating or, alternatively, issue or evidence sanctions, as well as monetary sanctions, due to defendants’ a...

  • 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...

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