The Honorable Chad W. Firetag

Riverside County Superior Court, Department 3

Biography

The Hon. Chad W. Firetag is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2015. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Sherill A. Ellsworth (Ret.).

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Firetag graduated with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Riverside in 1998. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2001.

While in college, Firetag served as an intern at the Riverside County District Attorney's Office in the Domestic Violence Unit.

Firetag first worked briefly as an associate at the firm Rutan and Tucker LLP before becoming a named partner at the Law Offices of Grech and Firetag in 2002. Firetag would practice at the firm for eleven years. He spent the bulk of his time in private practice as a criminal defense attorney.

Then, in 2013, Firetag joined the Riverside County Public Defender's Office as an assistant public defender, a position he would hold until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2015.

While on the bench, Judge Firetag has presided over a civil calendar.

From a personal standpoint, it annoys him when counsel says, "just one more thing - for the record."

Judge Firetag is a native of Riverside, where he attended Arlington High School. He began competing in mock trial competitions at Arlington, and his team, that he captained, won the mock trial national title in 1994.

He enjoys running and has competed in triathlons. He is also an accomplished guitar player.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Chad W. Firetag

  • FUEL INJECTION TECHNOLOGY INC VS FARRELL

    Jan 19, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court denies the motion to strike. Defendants Farrell and Hyperfuel to file an answer within 20 days. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT Plaintiff Fuel Injection Technology, Inc. (“FIT”) designs and distributes aftermarket auto parts that enable the owner of an older carburetor-fed engine to convert it to el...

  • BATTAGLIA VS RIVERSIDE TRANSIT ANGENCY

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court denies the motion for summary judgment. The Court overrules RTA’s evidentiary objections to the Berkstresser Declaration and to the Battaglia Declaration. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT Plaintiff Kimberly Battaglia (“Plaintiff”) filed a form complaint in this action on November 8, 2019 against defe...

  • ROSE VS GUTIERREZ

    Jan 13, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiff’s motion for trial by preference per CCP § 36. The Court orders all sides to be present to select a trial date within 120 days. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT This is an action where the Plaintiff seeks to recover damages following a traffic accident and alleged medical malpractice...

  • PROVIDENCE INDUSTRIES LLC VS LULAROE LLC

    Jan 13, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Demurrer to the Third Amended Cross-Complaint is sustained with 30 days leave to amend. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT This case involves a business dispute. Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Providence Industries, LLC dba MyDyer (“MyDyer”) designs, manufacturers and supplies apparel. MyDyer entered into a Sourc...

  • SANDOVAL VS STAFFORD

    Jan 12, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The unopposed motion for summary judgment is granted. On its own motion, the Court sets an OSC re submission of default judgment on April 28, 2021, at 8:30am in D-3 as to Defendant Christian Stafford, the only remaining defendant in this case. I. Brief Statement of Facts This is a motor vehicle accident ca...

  • GARCIA VS MERCEDES- BENZ USA, LLC

    Jan 11, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion to enforce the settlement and orders Defendant to pay $3,386.40 to fulfill its obligations under the terms of the settlement agreement immediately per CCP § 664.6. The Court grants Plaintiff’s request for attorneys’ fees and costs in the amount of $3,120.00. FACTUAL / PR...

  • VAQUERANO VS ROJAS NOTICE OF DEMURRER AND

    Jan 11, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court sustains the unopposed demurrer to the cross-complaint with 30 days leave to amend. ANALYSIS A general demurrer lies where the pleading does not state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action. (CCP § 430.10(e).) In evaluating a demurrer, the court gives the pleading a reasonable interpret...

  • BINNQUIST DEVELOPMENT INCORPORATED VS LAGUNA HILLS ALLSPACE

    Jan 11, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court shall continue this motion to January 21, 2021, at 8:30 am in D-3. Plaintiff filed the motion to consolidate on December 11, 2020, and a reply brief on January 4, 2021. However, the reply brief references an opposition by Demolition Services, Inc. (DSI), which has not been filed under this case n...

  • WRF INVESTMENTS, INC. VS CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK

    Jan 08, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the Preliminary Injunction by Plaintiffs. The Court finds that Plaintiffs have sufficiently demonstrated they have a reasonable probability of prevailing in this action based on their claim that the documents transferring and encumbering the subject property, as well as the personal guaran...

  • RODRIGUEZ VEGA VS THOMPSON

    Jan 06, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court denies the motion to set aside and vacate default judgment. The Court grants the request for judicial notice to Exs. A, B, G, I and J, but otherwise denies. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT Plaintiff filed the complaint (the “Complaint”) in this action on November 19, 2018, against defendants Gary Jo...

  • BATTAGLIA VS RIVERSIDE TRANSIT ANGENCY

    Jan 05, 2021 |  Riverside County

    On its own motion, the Court shall continue this hearing to January 14, 2021, at 8:30 am, to be heard telephonically. The Court received today a courtesy copy entitled “Plaintiff’s motion for leave to file a Sur-reply” to Defendant’s Reply in support of its summary judgment motion. However, when the Court ...

  • YANTZ VS MANRIQUEZ

    Jan 04, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Motion for Summary Judgment is granted as to Defendant Jacqueline Nunez-Silva. The Court sustains the three objections made by Defendant to Attorney King’s declaration. Factual / Procedural Context: This is a vehicular collision personal injury case. In the early morning hours of February 7, 2018, Plai...

  • AMERICAN EXPRESS NATIONAL BANK VS LASTER

    Dec 30, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiff’s unopposed motion to vacate the dismissal and enter Judgment against Defendant Laster pursuant to CCP § 664.6.

    ...

  • ALBARRAN VS MCSPI, INC

    Dec 29, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the unopposed motion for summary judgment/summary adjudication on all causes of action. On its own motion, the Court shall vacate all future dates. Defendant shall submit a proposed Judgment no later than January 14, 2020. The Court shall also set a Hearing re: Submission of Judgment on Ja...

  • ACEVEDO VS RAYMOND

    Dec 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiff’s unopposed motion to file a first amended complaint, as attached as Exhibit 3 to the motion. The Court shall direct the clerk to file the first amended complaint as a separate document. Defendant shall file an answer within 30 days.

    ...

  • SPARKS VS COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE

    Dec 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the motion for summary judgment as Defendant has met its burden of producing evidence in support of a defense that the entire action is barred for Plaintiff’s failure to file a government claim in accordance with the California Tort Claims Act and because HIPAA does not provide a private r...

  • LITTLE VS COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE

    Dec 16, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Per stipulation, the Court shall continue this motion/demurrer to February 24, 2021, at 8:30 am in D-3 to be heard telephonically. Any opposition to this motion shall be due per code with respect to this new hearing date. The Court shall also continue the CMC and 2 OSCs against Plaintiff to the same date. ...

  • SMITH VS LABRY PDM

    Dec 15, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court takes this motion off calendar as the parties have indicated that the case settled at mediation on 11/19/20 and an OSC re Dismissal after Settlement is currently scheduled for 2/24/21.

    ...

  • MENALDI VS WETHERELL

    Dec 11, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Defendant/Cross-Complainant D’Errico’s motion for an assignment of rents under the deed of trust and the appointment of a receiver. The Court has reviewed the accompanying exhibits, declarations and memorandum of points and authorities and finds that D’Errico is entitled to an assignment o...

  • LEE-LEON VS SCHILLER

    Dec 09, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court denies the motion to continue trial currently set for January 22, 2021. As a practical matter, however, the Court orders the parties to be present at oral argument, telephonically, as the Court has another matter set on January 22, 2021, that has been granted preference under CCP § 36. The Court ...

  • MEDINA VS MANCHA DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LLC

    Dec 09, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the motion to reopen arbitration with AAA. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT This is an employment action. Plaintiff Orlando Ibarra Medina (“Plaintiff”) alleges he was employed as a cook from July 10, 2018, to December 26, 2018, at a Denny’s Restaurant owned and operated by Defendant Mancha Dev...

  • ENRIQUEZ VS KIA MOTORS AMERICA INC

    Dec 08, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the unopposed motion to compel Plaintiffs to appear for their deposition within 30 days of today’s order. The Court also finds that sanctions are warranted, but because this motion is unopposed,the courtshallassess$540.00to be paid in 60 days. (2 hours at$240.00/hr and $60.00 filing fee.)<...

  • MGF & SONS INC VS INTEGRITY MARKETING GROUP

    Dec 08, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiff’s unopposed motion to compel Defendant Flores to provide responses, without objection, to Plaintiff’s Response to Production of Documents [set one] within 20 days. Because this motion is straightforward, the Court will assess sanctions against Defendant Flores of $740.00 to be pa...

  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY & IMRE WIEL, TRUSTEE OF THE WEIL LIVING TRUST

    Dec 07, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants SCE’s unopposed motion for prejudgment possession. The Court shall adopt SCE’s proposed order.

    ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Chad W. Firetag

  • FUEL INJECTION TECHNOLOGY INC VS FARRELL

    Jan 19, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court denies the motion to strike. Defendants Farrell and Hyperfuel to file an answer within 20 days. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT Plaintiff Fuel Injection Technology, Inc. (“FIT”) designs and distributes aftermarket auto parts that enable the owner of an older carburetor-fed engine to convert it to el...

  • BATTAGLIA VS RIVERSIDE TRANSIT ANGENCY

    Jan 14, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court denies the motion for summary judgment. The Court overrules RTA’s evidentiary objections to the Berkstresser Declaration and to the Battaglia Declaration. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT Plaintiff Kimberly Battaglia (“Plaintiff”) filed a form complaint in this action on November 8, 2019 against defe...

  • ROSE VS GUTIERREZ

    Jan 13, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiff’s motion for trial by preference per CCP § 36. The Court orders all sides to be present to select a trial date within 120 days. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT This is an action where the Plaintiff seeks to recover damages following a traffic accident and alleged medical malpractice...

  • PROVIDENCE INDUSTRIES LLC VS LULAROE LLC

    Jan 13, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Demurrer to the Third Amended Cross-Complaint is sustained with 30 days leave to amend. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT This case involves a business dispute. Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Providence Industries, LLC dba MyDyer (“MyDyer”) designs, manufacturers and supplies apparel. MyDyer entered into a Sourc...

  • SANDOVAL VS STAFFORD

    Jan 12, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The unopposed motion for summary judgment is granted. On its own motion, the Court sets an OSC re submission of default judgment on April 28, 2021, at 8:30am in D-3 as to Defendant Christian Stafford, the only remaining defendant in this case. I. Brief Statement of Facts This is a motor vehicle accident ca...

  • GARCIA VS MERCEDES- BENZ USA, LLC

    Jan 11, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion to enforce the settlement and orders Defendant to pay $3,386.40 to fulfill its obligations under the terms of the settlement agreement immediately per CCP § 664.6. The Court grants Plaintiff’s request for attorneys’ fees and costs in the amount of $3,120.00. FACTUAL / PR...

  • VAQUERANO VS ROJAS NOTICE OF DEMURRER AND

    Jan 11, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court sustains the unopposed demurrer to the cross-complaint with 30 days leave to amend. ANALYSIS A general demurrer lies where the pleading does not state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action. (CCP § 430.10(e).) In evaluating a demurrer, the court gives the pleading a reasonable interpret...

  • BINNQUIST DEVELOPMENT INCORPORATED VS LAGUNA HILLS ALLSPACE

    Jan 11, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court shall continue this motion to January 21, 2021, at 8:30 am in D-3. Plaintiff filed the motion to consolidate on December 11, 2020, and a reply brief on January 4, 2021. However, the reply brief references an opposition by Demolition Services, Inc. (DSI), which has not been filed under this case n...

  • WRF INVESTMENTS, INC. VS CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK

    Jan 08, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the Preliminary Injunction by Plaintiffs. The Court finds that Plaintiffs have sufficiently demonstrated they have a reasonable probability of prevailing in this action based on their claim that the documents transferring and encumbering the subject property, as well as the personal guaran...

  • RODRIGUEZ VEGA VS THOMPSON

    Jan 06, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Court denies the motion to set aside and vacate default judgment. The Court grants the request for judicial notice to Exs. A, B, G, I and J, but otherwise denies. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT Plaintiff filed the complaint (the “Complaint”) in this action on November 19, 2018, against defendants Gary Jo...

  • BATTAGLIA VS RIVERSIDE TRANSIT ANGENCY

    Jan 05, 2021 |  Riverside County

    On its own motion, the Court shall continue this hearing to January 14, 2021, at 8:30 am, to be heard telephonically. The Court received today a courtesy copy entitled “Plaintiff’s motion for leave to file a Sur-reply” to Defendant’s Reply in support of its summary judgment motion. However, when the Court ...

  • YANTZ VS MANRIQUEZ

    Jan 04, 2021 |  Riverside County

    The Motion for Summary Judgment is granted as to Defendant Jacqueline Nunez-Silva. The Court sustains the three objections made by Defendant to Attorney King’s declaration. Factual / Procedural Context: This is a vehicular collision personal injury case. In the early morning hours of February 7, 2018, Plai...

  • AMERICAN EXPRESS NATIONAL BANK VS LASTER

    Dec 30, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiff’s unopposed motion to vacate the dismissal and enter Judgment against Defendant Laster pursuant to CCP § 664.6.

    ...

  • ALBARRAN VS MCSPI, INC

    Dec 29, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the unopposed motion for summary judgment/summary adjudication on all causes of action. On its own motion, the Court shall vacate all future dates. Defendant shall submit a proposed Judgment no later than January 14, 2020. The Court shall also set a Hearing re: Submission of Judgment on Ja...

  • ACEVEDO VS RAYMOND

    Dec 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiff’s unopposed motion to file a first amended complaint, as attached as Exhibit 3 to the motion. The Court shall direct the clerk to file the first amended complaint as a separate document. Defendant shall file an answer within 30 days.

    ...

  • SPARKS VS COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE

    Dec 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the motion for summary judgment as Defendant has met its burden of producing evidence in support of a defense that the entire action is barred for Plaintiff’s failure to file a government claim in accordance with the California Tort Claims Act and because HIPAA does not provide a private r...

  • LITTLE VS COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE

    Dec 16, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Per stipulation, the Court shall continue this motion/demurrer to February 24, 2021, at 8:30 am in D-3 to be heard telephonically. Any opposition to this motion shall be due per code with respect to this new hearing date. The Court shall also continue the CMC and 2 OSCs against Plaintiff to the same date. ...

  • SMITH VS LABRY PDM

    Dec 15, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court takes this motion off calendar as the parties have indicated that the case settled at mediation on 11/19/20 and an OSC re Dismissal after Settlement is currently scheduled for 2/24/21.

    ...

  • MENALDI VS WETHERELL

    Dec 11, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Defendant/Cross-Complainant D’Errico’s motion for an assignment of rents under the deed of trust and the appointment of a receiver. The Court has reviewed the accompanying exhibits, declarations and memorandum of points and authorities and finds that D’Errico is entitled to an assignment o...

  • LEE-LEON VS SCHILLER

    Dec 09, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court denies the motion to continue trial currently set for January 22, 2021. As a practical matter, however, the Court orders the parties to be present at oral argument, telephonically, as the Court has another matter set on January 22, 2021, that has been granted preference under CCP § 36. The Court ...

  • MEDINA VS MANCHA DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LLC

    Dec 09, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the motion to reopen arbitration with AAA. FACTUAL / PROCEDURAL CONTEXT This is an employment action. Plaintiff Orlando Ibarra Medina (“Plaintiff”) alleges he was employed as a cook from July 10, 2018, to December 26, 2018, at a Denny’s Restaurant owned and operated by Defendant Mancha Dev...

  • ENRIQUEZ VS KIA MOTORS AMERICA INC

    Dec 08, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants the unopposed motion to compel Plaintiffs to appear for their deposition within 30 days of today’s order. The Court also finds that sanctions are warranted, but because this motion is unopposed,the courtshallassess$540.00to be paid in 60 days. (2 hours at$240.00/hr and $60.00 filing fee.)<...

  • MGF & SONS INC VS INTEGRITY MARKETING GROUP

    Dec 08, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants Plaintiff’s unopposed motion to compel Defendant Flores to provide responses, without objection, to Plaintiff’s Response to Production of Documents [set one] within 20 days. Because this motion is straightforward, the Court will assess sanctions against Defendant Flores of $740.00 to be pa...

  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY & IMRE WIEL, TRUSTEE OF THE WEIL LIVING TRUST

    Dec 07, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The Court grants SCE’s unopposed motion for prejudgment possession. The Court shall adopt SCE’s proposed order.

    ...

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