The Honorable Charles S. Crandall

San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Department 12

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Biography

The Hon. Charles S. Crandall is a judge for the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2003, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Donald G. Umhofer.

Crandall earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1974. He then completed a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1977.

He began his legal career as an assistant U.S. Attorney. He was first assigned to the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey but eventually transferred to the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California. During his eleven-year tenure there, he specialized in the prosecution of environmental crimes.

Then, in 1989, he joined Milberg Weiss. He practiced there as an associate, eventually rising to partner. During his brief time there, he became a key member of the team tasked with representing the plaintiffs against Exxon after the oil spill along the Alaskan coast in 1989.

In 1994 Crandall left the firm in order to start his own private practice, first in San Diego and then in San Luis Obispo. He continued handling environmental cases, including an oil leak lawsuit in San Luis Obispo against Unocal.

His interests include bird watching, hiking, biking, swimming, and sailing. Casablanca and Groundhog Day are two of his favorite movies.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Crandall

  • WILLIAM KING V. STEVEN SNYDER

    Jan 03, 2018 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On July 8, 2016, William King (“King”) filed a personal injury action against Steven Snyder (“Snyder”). The complaint alleges that Snyder failed to yield the right of way when entering a roadway and hit King who was riding his bicycle. Snyder answered the complaint on August 23, 2016.

    On February 6...

  • GILL V. ANDREWS

    Dec 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    In January 2013, Plaintiffs Lori A. Gill and Craig A. Gill, Trustees of the Gill Intervivos Revocable Trust dated June 29, 2005 (“Gill”), filed the instant action (“Complaint”) for partition by sale of certain improved real property at 2702 and 2710 Reservoir Canyon Road (APN 070-2...

  • SANCTUARY 805, INC. V. CHARLES BRUNETTI, ET AL.

    Dec 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Sanctuary 805, Inc. (“Sanctuary” or the “Corporation”) owns Shell Café in Pismo Beach. The Corporation’s Board of Directors (“Board”) consists of two members,1 Charles Brunetti (“Charles”) and Dennis Balsamo (“Balsamo”).2 Charles is the Corporation’s majority shareholder, as well a...

  • STATE OF CALIFORNIA GRANDMOTHERS’ CLUB, INC. V. DAVID L. WARD AND KIM A. WARD

    Dec 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff State of California Grandmothers’ Club, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) brings this action for unlawful detainer against defendants David L. Ward and Kim A. Ward (collectively “Defendants”). Plaintiff’s verified complaint, filed on November 22, 2017 (“Complaint”), alleges that Plainti...

  • IN RE: JOHN LUIS

    Dec 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Catalina Structured Funding, Inc. (“Petitioner”) petitions for approval of its purchase of $30,000.00 in guaranteed payments that are to be made to John Luis (“Seller”) from an annuity he received pursuant to the settlement of a personal injury action. This would be Seller’s sixth ...

  • OBISPO CONSTRUCTORS, INC. V. ASHLEY DAY

    Dec 20, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 1, 2017, Obispo Constructors, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed a breach of contract complaint against Ashley Day (“Day”) and N999DA, LLC (“Defendant LLC”) in connection with the sale of a Rockwell International 500S-1976 airplane (“Plane”).

    A First Amended Complaint (“FAC”), filed on Septembe...

  • DAVID RIOS, ET AL. V. MORRO ROAD HOMES

    Dec 20, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    David Rios and others (“Plaintiffs”) were secured investors in a real estate development project to be completed by Morro Road Homes, LLC (“Morro Road”). Morro Road was controlled by Defendant Kelly Gearhart (“Gearhart”); and Defendant Hurst Financial Corporation (“Hurst”) was the “hard money” lender on th...

  • SOUTSIDA INPRAVONGVIENGKHAM V. SHAWN KAHANU

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Soutsida Inpravongviengkham (Plaintiff) brings this action against Shawn Kahanu (Defendant) for common counts and fraud. Plaintiff alleges that she was in a personal relationship with Defendant and loaned him money which he has never repaid.

    Defendant demurs to the complaint on the grounds both ca...

  • DOUGLAS MACDONALD V. MASON TAYLOR SMITH

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Douglas MacDonald (MacDonald or Plaintiff) brings this action against Mason Taylor Smith (Smith) for serious personal injuries suffered in a head-on motor vehicle collision. Among other injuries, MacDonald suffered the amputation of his right leg below the knee. He names as additional defendants Brian and ...

  • MATTHEW EASTERBROOK V. BUDDY CRUZ, INTER-CON SECURITY SYSTEMS

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On August 2, 2017, Plaintiff Matthew Easterbrook (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. (“Inter-Con”), California Department of Transportation (“Cal-Trans”), Vince Zorn (“Zorn”), Buddy Cruz (“Cruz”) and Leonard Phillips (“Phillips”). The complaint alleges eight causes of a...

  • JENNIFER KENT V. HARDIE PHILLIP

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On May 4, 2017, Jennifer Kent, Director of the Department of Health Care Services, (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Hardie B. Phillip, as successor trustee of the Theodosia M. Phillip Trust and individually (“Phillip”), Roger M. Phillip, and Laurie Phillip, (Defendants) to enforce and collect money ...

  • J.P. MORGAN CHASE V. WES JOHNSON

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    J.P. Morgan Chase Bank (Plaintiff) brings this CCP §1161a unlawful detainer action against Wes Johnson (Defendant), to take possession of real property that Plaintiff purchased at a trustee’s sale. Defendant now moves for summary judgment on the grounds Plaintiff’s action is barred by res judicata due to P...

  • DEPARTMENT OF FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING V. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) initiated this action against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for discrimination and retaliation against Amanda Van Fleet (Van Fleet), a former employee with CDCR.

    Pursuant to CCP §387, the Court granted Van Fl...

  • Nov 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Enforce the Settlement Agreement

    This is a wrongful foreclosure case that has now been pending for more than three years. Trial has been rescheduled on several occasions, and most recently was to begin earlier this month. Due to some scheduling conflicts, the early November trial date was...

  • ERIC AND LEONA WAHL V. CHRISTOPHER THOMAS

    Nov 08, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Eric and Leona Wahl (Plaintiffs) brought this unlawful detainer action against Christopher Thomas (Defendant) to recover possession of commercial property located in Shell Beach. Plaintiffs allege that Defendant was in violation of certain provisions of the written commercial lease.

    The matter proc...

  • COLLEEN HARMON V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO

    Nov 08, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Defendant’s Motion to Strike

    Colleen Harmon (Plaintiff) was employed with the County of San Luis Obispo (Defendant) from 2000 to 2012, as a Software Engineer III. Plaintiff’s FEHA action alleges discrimination and retaliation based upon sex and age arising out of her employment. Plaintiff further a...

  • FIRST CALIFORNIA BANK V. NESTER

    Nov 08, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On April 11, 2012, First California Bank (“First California”) had judgment entered against Defendant Greg Nester (“Nester”) in the amount of $230,619.10, for breach of written personal guarantees of two construction loans (“Judgment”). The Judgment included an award of attorney’s fees. As of September 2017...

  • KEVIN BURKHAMMER V. ALLIED INTERSTATE

    Nov 01, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Kevin Burkhammer (Plaintiff) brought this action against Allied Interstate LLC (Defendant) as a representative for consumers that were victims of alleged violations of the Rosenthal Fair Debt Consumer Protection Act (RFDCPA). Defendant allegedly sent consumers written communication that incorrectly identif...

  • EASTERBROOK V. CRUZ, INTER-CON SECURITY SYSTEMS, ET AL.

    Nov 01, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On August 2, 2017, Plaintiff Matthew Easterbrook (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. (“Inter-Con”), California Department of Transportation (“Cal-Trans”), Vince Zorn (“Zorn”), Buddy Cruz (“Cruz”), and Leonard Phillips (“Phillips”). The complaint alleges eight causes of ...

  • CARSON KNIBB V. SCOTT JOHNSON

    Oct 25, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Carson Knibb (Plaintiff) brings this action against Scott Johnson (Defendant) for serious personal injuries suffered when Defendant allegedly reversed his vehicle into Plaintiff, who was standing behind it.

    Defendant eventually pled guilty to a criminal reckless driving charge arising out of the in...

  • DONALD DANIELS V. JON MURRAY

    Oct 25, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Donald Daniels (Plaintiff) brought this action against Jon and Nancy Murray (Defendants) and their business entities to collect on loans that Plaintiff made to the business entities. All of the loans were personally guaranteed by Defendants.

    On March 23, 2017, the parties reached a mediated writte...

  • BCC CORPORATION V. JOHNNY FRANKLIN

    Oct 25, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    BCC Corporation dba Sunset Terrace Apartments (Plaintiff) brings this unlawful detainer action against Johnny and Lisa Franklin (Defendants) to obtain possession of Apartment No. 21 at 1534 Brighton Avenue in Grover Beach, due to Defendants’ failure to pay rent.

    Plaintiff now moves for summary jud...

  • CRAIG P. BELL V. JTS, INC.

    Oct 11, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Craig P. Bell (Bell) brings this unlawful detainer action against JTS, Inc., Sheldon Moseley, and Leland Simpson, to obtain possession of commercial property located in Grover Beach. Bell seeks possession, back rent of $40,000, and holdover damages. Defaults have been entered against JTS, Inc. and Sheldon ...

  • WILLIAM SCHMIDT V. TANNER STEVENS

    Oct 11, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    William Schmidt (Plaintiff) brings this action against John Stevens, Lauren Stevens, and Tanner Stevens (Defendants), for damages arising from Defendants’ leasing of residential property from Plaintiff. In response to the complaint, Defendants filed an answer and cross-complaint. Plaintiff now demurs to th...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Crandall

  • WILLIAM KING V. STEVEN SNYDER

    Jan 03, 2018 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On July 8, 2016, William King (“King”) filed a personal injury action against Steven Snyder (“Snyder”). The complaint alleges that Snyder failed to yield the right of way when entering a roadway and hit King who was riding his bicycle. Snyder answered the complaint on August 23, 2016.

    On February 6...

  • GILL V. ANDREWS

    Dec 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    In January 2013, Plaintiffs Lori A. Gill and Craig A. Gill, Trustees of the Gill Intervivos Revocable Trust dated June 29, 2005 (“Gill”), filed the instant action (“Complaint”) for partition by sale of certain improved real property at 2702 and 2710 Reservoir Canyon Road (APN 070-2...

  • SANCTUARY 805, INC. V. CHARLES BRUNETTI, ET AL.

    Dec 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Sanctuary 805, Inc. (“Sanctuary” or the “Corporation”) owns Shell Café in Pismo Beach. The Corporation’s Board of Directors (“Board”) consists of two members,1 Charles Brunetti (“Charles”) and Dennis Balsamo (“Balsamo”).2 Charles is the Corporation’s majority shareholder, as well a...

  • STATE OF CALIFORNIA GRANDMOTHERS’ CLUB, INC. V. DAVID L. WARD AND KIM A. WARD

    Dec 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff State of California Grandmothers’ Club, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) brings this action for unlawful detainer against defendants David L. Ward and Kim A. Ward (collectively “Defendants”). Plaintiff’s verified complaint, filed on November 22, 2017 (“Complaint”), alleges that Plainti...

  • IN RE: JOHN LUIS

    Dec 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Catalina Structured Funding, Inc. (“Petitioner”) petitions for approval of its purchase of $30,000.00 in guaranteed payments that are to be made to John Luis (“Seller”) from an annuity he received pursuant to the settlement of a personal injury action. This would be Seller’s sixth ...

  • OBISPO CONSTRUCTORS, INC. V. ASHLEY DAY

    Dec 20, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 1, 2017, Obispo Constructors, Inc. (“Plaintiff”) filed a breach of contract complaint against Ashley Day (“Day”) and N999DA, LLC (“Defendant LLC”) in connection with the sale of a Rockwell International 500S-1976 airplane (“Plane”).

    A First Amended Complaint (“FAC”), filed on Septembe...

  • DAVID RIOS, ET AL. V. MORRO ROAD HOMES

    Dec 20, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    David Rios and others (“Plaintiffs”) were secured investors in a real estate development project to be completed by Morro Road Homes, LLC (“Morro Road”). Morro Road was controlled by Defendant Kelly Gearhart (“Gearhart”); and Defendant Hurst Financial Corporation (“Hurst”) was the “hard money” lender on th...

  • SOUTSIDA INPRAVONGVIENGKHAM V. SHAWN KAHANU

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Soutsida Inpravongviengkham (Plaintiff) brings this action against Shawn Kahanu (Defendant) for common counts and fraud. Plaintiff alleges that she was in a personal relationship with Defendant and loaned him money which he has never repaid.

    Defendant demurs to the complaint on the grounds both ca...

  • DOUGLAS MACDONALD V. MASON TAYLOR SMITH

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Douglas MacDonald (MacDonald or Plaintiff) brings this action against Mason Taylor Smith (Smith) for serious personal injuries suffered in a head-on motor vehicle collision. Among other injuries, MacDonald suffered the amputation of his right leg below the knee. He names as additional defendants Brian and ...

  • MATTHEW EASTERBROOK V. BUDDY CRUZ, INTER-CON SECURITY SYSTEMS

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On August 2, 2017, Plaintiff Matthew Easterbrook (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. (“Inter-Con”), California Department of Transportation (“Cal-Trans”), Vince Zorn (“Zorn”), Buddy Cruz (“Cruz”) and Leonard Phillips (“Phillips”). The complaint alleges eight causes of a...

  • JENNIFER KENT V. HARDIE PHILLIP

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On May 4, 2017, Jennifer Kent, Director of the Department of Health Care Services, (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Hardie B. Phillip, as successor trustee of the Theodosia M. Phillip Trust and individually (“Phillip”), Roger M. Phillip, and Laurie Phillip, (Defendants) to enforce and collect money ...

  • J.P. MORGAN CHASE V. WES JOHNSON

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    J.P. Morgan Chase Bank (Plaintiff) brings this CCP §1161a unlawful detainer action against Wes Johnson (Defendant), to take possession of real property that Plaintiff purchased at a trustee’s sale. Defendant now moves for summary judgment on the grounds Plaintiff’s action is barred by res judicata due to P...

  • DEPARTMENT OF FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING V. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION

    Nov 29, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) initiated this action against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for discrimination and retaliation against Amanda Van Fleet (Van Fleet), a former employee with CDCR.

    Pursuant to CCP §387, the Court granted Van Fl...

  • Nov 27, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Enforce the Settlement Agreement

    This is a wrongful foreclosure case that has now been pending for more than three years. Trial has been rescheduled on several occasions, and most recently was to begin earlier this month. Due to some scheduling conflicts, the early November trial date was...

  • ERIC AND LEONA WAHL V. CHRISTOPHER THOMAS

    Nov 08, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Eric and Leona Wahl (Plaintiffs) brought this unlawful detainer action against Christopher Thomas (Defendant) to recover possession of commercial property located in Shell Beach. Plaintiffs allege that Defendant was in violation of certain provisions of the written commercial lease.

    The matter proc...

  • COLLEEN HARMON V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO

    Nov 08, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Defendant’s Motion to Strike

    Colleen Harmon (Plaintiff) was employed with the County of San Luis Obispo (Defendant) from 2000 to 2012, as a Software Engineer III. Plaintiff’s FEHA action alleges discrimination and retaliation based upon sex and age arising out of her employment. Plaintiff further a...

  • FIRST CALIFORNIA BANK V. NESTER

    Nov 08, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On April 11, 2012, First California Bank (“First California”) had judgment entered against Defendant Greg Nester (“Nester”) in the amount of $230,619.10, for breach of written personal guarantees of two construction loans (“Judgment”). The Judgment included an award of attorney’s fees. As of September 2017...

  • KEVIN BURKHAMMER V. ALLIED INTERSTATE

    Nov 01, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Kevin Burkhammer (Plaintiff) brought this action against Allied Interstate LLC (Defendant) as a representative for consumers that were victims of alleged violations of the Rosenthal Fair Debt Consumer Protection Act (RFDCPA). Defendant allegedly sent consumers written communication that incorrectly identif...

  • EASTERBROOK V. CRUZ, INTER-CON SECURITY SYSTEMS, ET AL.

    Nov 01, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On August 2, 2017, Plaintiff Matthew Easterbrook (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. (“Inter-Con”), California Department of Transportation (“Cal-Trans”), Vince Zorn (“Zorn”), Buddy Cruz (“Cruz”), and Leonard Phillips (“Phillips”). The complaint alleges eight causes of ...

  • CARSON KNIBB V. SCOTT JOHNSON

    Oct 25, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Carson Knibb (Plaintiff) brings this action against Scott Johnson (Defendant) for serious personal injuries suffered when Defendant allegedly reversed his vehicle into Plaintiff, who was standing behind it.

    Defendant eventually pled guilty to a criminal reckless driving charge arising out of the in...

  • DONALD DANIELS V. JON MURRAY

    Oct 25, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Donald Daniels (Plaintiff) brought this action against Jon and Nancy Murray (Defendants) and their business entities to collect on loans that Plaintiff made to the business entities. All of the loans were personally guaranteed by Defendants.

    On March 23, 2017, the parties reached a mediated writte...

  • BCC CORPORATION V. JOHNNY FRANKLIN

    Oct 25, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    BCC Corporation dba Sunset Terrace Apartments (Plaintiff) brings this unlawful detainer action against Johnny and Lisa Franklin (Defendants) to obtain possession of Apartment No. 21 at 1534 Brighton Avenue in Grover Beach, due to Defendants’ failure to pay rent.

    Plaintiff now moves for summary jud...

  • CRAIG P. BELL V. JTS, INC.

    Oct 11, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Craig P. Bell (Bell) brings this unlawful detainer action against JTS, Inc., Sheldon Moseley, and Leland Simpson, to obtain possession of commercial property located in Grover Beach. Bell seeks possession, back rent of $40,000, and holdover damages. Defaults have been entered against JTS, Inc. and Sheldon ...

  • WILLIAM SCHMIDT V. TANNER STEVENS

    Oct 11, 2017 |  San Luis Obispo County

    William Schmidt (Plaintiff) brings this action against John Stevens, Lauren Stevens, and Tanner Stevens (Defendants), for damages arising from Defendants’ leasing of residential property from Plaintiff. In response to the complaint, Defendants filed an answer and cross-complaint. Plaintiff now demurs to th...

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