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

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

    Oct 01, 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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order f...

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

    Oct 01, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Tielemans v. Aegion Energy Services, Inc., et al., (Super. Ct. Santa Clara County, Case No. 19CV349343) is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage and hour violations and failure to provide proper disclosures under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). The action ...

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

    Oct 01, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Tielemans v. Aegion Energy Services, Inc., et al., (Super. Ct. Santa Clara County, Case No. 19CV349343) is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage and hour violations and failure to provide proper disclosures under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). The action ...

  • RACHEL GALARAGA V. MORE PHYSICAL THERAPY, INC., ET AL.

    Oct 01, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant More Physical Therapy, Inc. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on June 28, 2019. The factual and procedural background of...

  • ADAM WRIGHT V. SF MARKETS, LLC, ET AL.

    Oct 01, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This a Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant SF Markets, LLC, alleging wage statement violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    According to the operat...

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

    Sep 24, 2020 |  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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on December 24, 2019. The factual and pro...

  • IN RE MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. SHAREHOLDER LITIGATION

    Sep 24, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This putative class action arises from alleged misrepresentations and omissions in the Offering Materials governing the October 2017 transaction by which defendant Maxar Technologies, Inc., a satellite manufacturer, acquired and merged with DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery company (the “Merger”).

    ...

  • ALPHABET SHAREHOLDER DERIVATIVE CASES

    Sep 24, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    These coordinated derivative actions allege breaches of fiduciary duty and derivative claims arising from nominal defendant Alphabet Inc.’s violations of European Union (“EU”) antitrust laws.

    On June 25, 2020, the Court confidentially issued to the parties its tentative ruling on defendants’ demurr...

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

    Sep 24, 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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily ap...

  • JOSE CARRILLO V. NEW BALANCE ATHLETICS, INC., ET AL.

    Sep 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant New Balance Athletics, Inc. alleging overtime and wage statement violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual...

  • FRANCISCO ZENDEJAS SANCHEZ V. A & S PAINTING & PLASTERING, INC., ET AL.

    Aug 21, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant A & S Painting & Plastering, Inc., alleging wage statement violations. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on December 17, 2019. The fac...

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

    Aug 21, 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...

  • LATANYA SIMMONS, ET AL. V. APPLE INC., ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    I. INTRODUCTION

    This is a putative consumer class action. According to the allegations of the Complaint, filed on June 26, 2017, plaintiffs Latanya Simmons and Kevin Tobin (“Plaintiffs”) challenge defendant Apple, Inc.’s (“Defendant”) actions in connection with their marketing, advertising, and sal...

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

    Aug 07, 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 Chapman Huff (hereinafter, “Huff”), passed away in 2019.

    Before the Court is defendant’s motion to dismiss, or, ...

  • KAREN CRUZ V. ISLAND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT III LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by an employee of defendants Island Hospitality Management LLC, Island Hospitality Management II, LLC, Island Hospitality Management III LLC, and Island Hospitality Management IV, LLC. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion fo...

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

    Aug 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 New Ventures LLC (“Innogy NV”), along with its employee Roland Hess...

  • THOMPSON LY V. SAGE INTACCT, INC., ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of employees of defendant Sage Intacct, Inc., alleging misclassification of certain employees and resulting wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedu...

  • BLACKBERRY CORPORATION, ET AL. V. SENTINEL LABS, INC., ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    BlackBerry Corporation and its subsidiary Cylance, Inc. bring this action for trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition against a competing security software provider, Sentinel Labs, Inc. (“Sentinel” or “SentinelOne”). Before the Court is a demurrer by SentinelOne to the complaint, which Blackbe...

  • DANIEL ARAIZA V. HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and its current or former subsidiaries (“HPE”) and HP Inc. (successor to Hewlett-Packard Company (“HP”)) and its current or former subsidiaries (“HPI”), alleging a number ...

  • HIRIJONO SOENARDI, ET AL. V. MAGNUSSEN IMPORTS, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Magnussen Imports, Inc. Before the Court is plaintiffs’ motion for approval of a settlement of their PAGA claims, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    According...

  • DEWAYNE CASSEL V. GOOGLE LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 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...

  • KAMRAN KHAN V. RK MANAGEMENT GROUP LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by an employee of defendant RK Management Group LLC, based on a number of underlying wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion to file a second amended complaint (“SAC”) adding putative class claims, which defendant o...

  • ELIZABETH MERRITT V. HOUZZ INC., ET AL.

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of employees of defendant Houzz 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. Factual and Procedural Background

    As alleged in the operativ...

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

    Jul 24, 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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Brian C. Walsh

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

    Oct 01, 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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order f...

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

    Oct 01, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Tielemans v. Aegion Energy Services, Inc., et al., (Super. Ct. Santa Clara County, Case No. 19CV349343) is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage and hour violations and failure to provide proper disclosures under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). The action ...

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

    Oct 01, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    Tielemans v. Aegion Energy Services, Inc., et al., (Super. Ct. Santa Clara County, Case No. 19CV349343) is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action alleging wage and hour violations and failure to provide proper disclosures under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). The action ...

  • RACHEL GALARAGA V. MORE PHYSICAL THERAPY, INC., ET AL.

    Oct 01, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative wage and hour class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant More Physical Therapy, Inc. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on June 28, 2019. The factual and procedural background of...

  • ADAM WRIGHT V. SF MARKETS, LLC, ET AL.

    Oct 01, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This a Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant SF Markets, LLC, alleging wage statement violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    According to the operat...

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

    Sep 24, 2020 |  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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on December 24, 2019. The factual and pro...

  • IN RE MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. SHAREHOLDER LITIGATION

    Sep 24, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This putative class action arises from alleged misrepresentations and omissions in the Offering Materials governing the October 2017 transaction by which defendant Maxar Technologies, Inc., a satellite manufacturer, acquired and merged with DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery company (the “Merger”).

    ...

  • ALPHABET SHAREHOLDER DERIVATIVE CASES

    Sep 24, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    These coordinated derivative actions allege breaches of fiduciary duty and derivative claims arising from nominal defendant Alphabet Inc.’s violations of European Union (“EU”) antitrust laws.

    On June 25, 2020, the Court confidentially issued to the parties its tentative ruling on defendants’ demurr...

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

    Sep 24, 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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily ap...

  • JOSE CARRILLO V. NEW BALANCE ATHLETICS, INC., ET AL.

    Sep 17, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant New Balance Athletics, Inc. alleging overtime and wage statement violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual...

  • FRANCISCO ZENDEJAS SANCHEZ V. A & S PAINTING & PLASTERING, INC., ET AL.

    Aug 21, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant A & S Painting & Plastering, Inc., alleging wage statement violations. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved in an order filed on December 17, 2019. The fac...

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

    Aug 21, 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...

  • LATANYA SIMMONS, ET AL. V. APPLE INC., ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    I. INTRODUCTION

    This is a putative consumer class action. According to the allegations of the Complaint, filed on June 26, 2017, plaintiffs Latanya Simmons and Kevin Tobin (“Plaintiffs”) challenge defendant Apple, Inc.’s (“Defendant”) actions in connection with their marketing, advertising, and sal...

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

    Aug 07, 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 Chapman Huff (hereinafter, “Huff”), passed away in 2019.

    Before the Court is defendant’s motion to dismiss, or, ...

  • KAREN CRUZ V. ISLAND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT III LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by an employee of defendants Island Hospitality Management LLC, Island Hospitality Management II, LLC, Island Hospitality Management III LLC, and Island Hospitality Management IV, LLC. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion fo...

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

    Aug 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 New Ventures LLC (“Innogy NV”), along with its employee Roland Hess...

  • THOMPSON LY V. SAGE INTACCT, INC., ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of employees of defendant Sage Intacct, Inc., alleging misclassification of certain employees and resulting wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of a settlement, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedu...

  • BLACKBERRY CORPORATION, ET AL. V. SENTINEL LABS, INC., ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    BlackBerry Corporation and its subsidiary Cylance, Inc. bring this action for trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition against a competing security software provider, Sentinel Labs, Inc. (“Sentinel” or “SentinelOne”). Before the Court is a demurrer by SentinelOne to the complaint, which Blackbe...

  • DANIEL ARAIZA V. HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and its current or former subsidiaries (“HPE”) and HP Inc. (successor to Hewlett-Packard Company (“HP”)) and its current or former subsidiaries (“HPI”), alleging a number ...

  • HIRIJONO SOENARDI, ET AL. V. MAGNUSSEN IMPORTS, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) action on behalf of employees of defendant Magnussen Imports, Inc. Before the Court is plaintiffs’ motion for approval of a settlement of their PAGA claims, which is unopposed.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    According...

  • DEWAYNE CASSEL V. GOOGLE LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 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...

  • KAMRAN KHAN V. RK MANAGEMENT GROUP LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is an action under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) by an employee of defendant RK Management Group LLC, based on a number of underlying wage and hour violations. Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion to file a second amended complaint (“SAC”) adding putative class claims, which defendant o...

  • ELIZABETH MERRITT V. HOUZZ INC., ET AL.

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Santa Clara County

    This is a putative class action on behalf of employees of defendant Houzz 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. Factual and Procedural Background

    As alleged in the operativ...

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

    Jul 24, 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. The parties have reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved ...

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