The Honorable Charles S. Treat

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 12

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Biography

The Hon. Charles S. Treat is a judge of the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the bench in October 2005. Treat was automatically re-elected in 2014 after running unopposed.

Judge Treat earned his B.A. in political philosophy from Michigan State University in 1977. He later received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1980, graduating with honors.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. Then from 1982 to 1983, he clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. In 1988 Treat became a civil litigation partner at the firm Latham & Watkins.

Treat worked on two noteworthy cases while practicing at Latham & Watkins. The first is a 12-year contract arbitration battle, which resulted with an en banc Ninth Circuit decision and the recovery of a 9-figure amount on behalf of his client. The other case was a successful settlement in a suit against a Central Valley municipality in which Treat's efforts managed to save the building permits of low-income farmworkers.

Judge Treat and his wife live in Lafayette, California. He has two sons.

He is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Treat

  • GILBERTSON VS. HYEM PARTNERSHIP

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    TRIAL SETTING CONFERENCE

    SET BY THE COURT

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Counsel to appear by CourtCall to discuss the status of the case, possible trial dates, and prospects for settlement and ADR.

    ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PORTIONS OF 4th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY GEORGE HITES, EMO-GIZELLA HITES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The Motion to Strike filed by defendants Hites is granted without leave to amend.

    Case law does not permit recovery for emotional distress on any of t...

  • GILBERTSON VS. HYEM PARTNERSHIP

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    FURTHER CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    See Line 24.

    ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 4th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY GEORGE HITES, EMO-GIZELLA HITES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer filed by Hites to plaintiffs’ Ninth Cause of Action, for Breach of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing is overruled. The Hites defendants shall file and s...

  • MCMAHON VS. HENDRICKS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION

    FILED BY EAST COUNTY HOT SHOTS

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion for summary judgment and summary adjudication filed by defendants East County Hot Shots, Jeff Hendricks, and Brandy Robinson is granted in part and denied i...

  • GURDIYAL VS. SINGH

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR EXAMINATION AND DETERMINATION OF TITLE

    FILED BY SINGHSIDHU GURDIYAL, et al.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    This is a quiet-title action. Plaintiff seeks an examination and determination of title pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure § 760.010. The motion is taken off cale...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    FURTHER CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    This Case Management Conference is continued to January 25, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.

    ...

  • SCHON VS. VALORY

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 1st Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY STEVEN B. SMITH

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Before the Court is a demurrer to portions of the First Amended Complaint (FAC) filed by defendant Steven B. Smith. The demurrer is sustained with leave to amend as to the first cause of acti...

  • SCHON VS. VALORY

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE

    FILED BY NEAL J. SCHON, JONATHAN CAIN FRIGA

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Before the Court is a special motion to strike (anti-SLAPP motion) filed by cross-defendants Schon and Cain, seeking to strike the first and second causes of action (intentional and neglige...

  • MCMAHON VS. HENDRICKS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION

    FILED BY JEFF HENDRICKS, et al.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion for summary judgment filed by East County Hot Shots as a plaintiff in these consolidated actions is denied. ECHS has not met its initial burden to show it ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

    FILED BY JEFFREY M. JONES, SHANNON B. JONES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Adjudication as to the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Causes of Action of their Fourth Amended Complaint against defendants Guo and Lin is denied...

  • SCHON VS. VALORY

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 2nd Amended CROSS COMPLAINT of VALORY

    FILED BY NEAL J. SCHON, JONATHAN CAIN FRIGA

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Cross-defendants Schon and Cain file this demurrer to the Second Amended Cross-Complaint (SACC) of cross-claimant Valory. The demurrer is sustained with lea...

  • GARCIA VS. GENERAL MOTORS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PUNITIVE DAMAGES

    FILED BY GENERAL MOTORS, LLC

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion is taken off calendar because it was not properly served.

    ...

  • JONES VS TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 4th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY LIN BIH-WAN, GUY TZEN-WEN

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer filed by defendants Guo and Lin (“Guo/Lin”) as to plaintiffs’ Seventh Cause of Action, for IIED, is sustained without leave to amend. Plaintiffs have still failed to pl...

  • CITY OF ELK GROVE VS. ARNTZ BUILDERS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE 1st Amended CROSS-COMPLAINT

    FILED BY ROEBBELEN CONSTRUCTION, INC.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion to strike is denied. Cross-defendants shall file and serve a response on or before October 9, 2020.

    Preliminary Matters.

     CCP 430.41. The d...

  • BRYANT VS. CONNOLLY

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MINOR'S COMPROMISE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The proposed minor’s compromise is approved.

    ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PLAINTIFFS PRAYER FOR PUNITIVE DAMAGES

    FILED BY GUY TZEN-WEN, LIN BIH-WAN

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion to strike filed by defendants Guo and Lin is moot, because the court is sustaining defendants’ demurrer to the cause of action for IIED, without lea...

  • JAG1 CONNECTIONS VS. CENTRAL LIFE

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON PETITION FOR APPROVAL OF TRANSFER OF PAYMENT RIGHTS

    FILED BY PETITIONER

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The proposed transfer is approved.

    ...

  • LVNV VS. CHING

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO ENFORCE OF SETTLEMENT

    FILED BY LVNV FUNDING LLC

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiff’s unopposed motion for entry of judgment pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure § 664.6 is granted. Judgment will be entered in favor of plaintiff and against defendant in the amount of...

  • GARCIA VS. GENERAL MOTORS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO COMPLAINT

    FILED BY GENERAL MOTORS, LLC

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer is taken off calendar because it was not properly served.

    ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO COMPEL COMPLIANCE WITH DEPOSITION SUBPOENA

    FILED BY GEORGE HITES, EMO-GIZELLA HITES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The Hites defendants’ motion to compel compliance with their deposition subpoena to Rockcliff Realtors is granted. Rockcliff will produce the documents call...

  • KORB VS. ROMERO

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS

    FILED BY RICHARD E. KORB

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiff’s motion for judgment on the pleadings (MJOP) is granted in part and conditionally denied in part. Specifically, the motion is granted as to all causes of action other than the t...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS AGAINST GUY TZEN-WEN

    FILED BY JEFFREY M. JONES, SHANNON B. JONES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiffs’ Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings as to the cross-complaint is moot. The Cross- Complaint has been dismissed.

    ...

  • HAMANO VS. ROWE

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO CROSS-COMPLAINT of ROWE

    FILED BY JOHN F.X. HAMANO

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer is moot. Rowe has filed a voluntary dismissal of her cross-complaint.

    ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Treat

  • GILBERTSON VS. HYEM PARTNERSHIP

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    TRIAL SETTING CONFERENCE

    SET BY THE COURT

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Counsel to appear by CourtCall to discuss the status of the case, possible trial dates, and prospects for settlement and ADR.

    ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PORTIONS OF 4th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY GEORGE HITES, EMO-GIZELLA HITES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The Motion to Strike filed by defendants Hites is granted without leave to amend.

    Case law does not permit recovery for emotional distress on any of t...

  • GILBERTSON VS. HYEM PARTNERSHIP

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    FURTHER CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    See Line 24.

    ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 4th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY GEORGE HITES, EMO-GIZELLA HITES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer filed by Hites to plaintiffs’ Ninth Cause of Action, for Breach of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing is overruled. The Hites defendants shall file and s...

  • MCMAHON VS. HENDRICKS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION

    FILED BY EAST COUNTY HOT SHOTS

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion for summary judgment and summary adjudication filed by defendants East County Hot Shots, Jeff Hendricks, and Brandy Robinson is granted in part and denied i...

  • GURDIYAL VS. SINGH

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR EXAMINATION AND DETERMINATION OF TITLE

    FILED BY SINGHSIDHU GURDIYAL, et al.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    This is a quiet-title action. Plaintiff seeks an examination and determination of title pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure § 760.010. The motion is taken off cale...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    FURTHER CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    This Case Management Conference is continued to January 25, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.

    ...

  • SCHON VS. VALORY

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 1st Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY STEVEN B. SMITH

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Before the Court is a demurrer to portions of the First Amended Complaint (FAC) filed by defendant Steven B. Smith. The demurrer is sustained with leave to amend as to the first cause of acti...

  • SCHON VS. VALORY

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE

    FILED BY NEAL J. SCHON, JONATHAN CAIN FRIGA

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Before the Court is a special motion to strike (anti-SLAPP motion) filed by cross-defendants Schon and Cain, seeking to strike the first and second causes of action (intentional and neglige...

  • MCMAHON VS. HENDRICKS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR SUMMARY ADJUDICATION

    FILED BY JEFF HENDRICKS, et al.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion for summary judgment filed by East County Hot Shots as a plaintiff in these consolidated actions is denied. ECHS has not met its initial burden to show it ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

    FILED BY JEFFREY M. JONES, SHANNON B. JONES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Adjudication as to the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Causes of Action of their Fourth Amended Complaint against defendants Guo and Lin is denied...

  • SCHON VS. VALORY

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 2nd Amended CROSS COMPLAINT of VALORY

    FILED BY NEAL J. SCHON, JONATHAN CAIN FRIGA

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Cross-defendants Schon and Cain file this demurrer to the Second Amended Cross-Complaint (SACC) of cross-claimant Valory. The demurrer is sustained with lea...

  • GARCIA VS. GENERAL MOTORS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PUNITIVE DAMAGES

    FILED BY GENERAL MOTORS, LLC

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion is taken off calendar because it was not properly served.

    ...

  • JONES VS TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 4th Amended COMPLAINT

    FILED BY LIN BIH-WAN, GUY TZEN-WEN

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer filed by defendants Guo and Lin (“Guo/Lin”) as to plaintiffs’ Seventh Cause of Action, for IIED, is sustained without leave to amend. Plaintiffs have still failed to pl...

  • CITY OF ELK GROVE VS. ARNTZ BUILDERS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE 1st Amended CROSS-COMPLAINT

    FILED BY ROEBBELEN CONSTRUCTION, INC.

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion to strike is denied. Cross-defendants shall file and serve a response on or before October 9, 2020.

    Preliminary Matters.

     CCP 430.41. The d...

  • BRYANT VS. CONNOLLY

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MINOR'S COMPROMISE

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The proposed minor’s compromise is approved.

    ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO STRIKE PLAINTIFFS PRAYER FOR PUNITIVE DAMAGES

    FILED BY GUY TZEN-WEN, LIN BIH-WAN

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The motion to strike filed by defendants Guo and Lin is moot, because the court is sustaining defendants’ demurrer to the cause of action for IIED, without lea...

  • JAG1 CONNECTIONS VS. CENTRAL LIFE

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON PETITION FOR APPROVAL OF TRANSFER OF PAYMENT RIGHTS

    FILED BY PETITIONER

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The proposed transfer is approved.

    ...

  • LVNV VS. CHING

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO ENFORCE OF SETTLEMENT

    FILED BY LVNV FUNDING LLC

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiff’s unopposed motion for entry of judgment pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure § 664.6 is granted. Judgment will be entered in favor of plaintiff and against defendant in the amount of...

  • GARCIA VS. GENERAL MOTORS

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO COMPLAINT

    FILED BY GENERAL MOTORS, LLC

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer is taken off calendar because it was not properly served.

    ...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION TO COMPEL COMPLIANCE WITH DEPOSITION SUBPOENA

    FILED BY GEORGE HITES, EMO-GIZELLA HITES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The Hites defendants’ motion to compel compliance with their deposition subpoena to Rockcliff Realtors is granted. Rockcliff will produce the documents call...

  • KORB VS. ROMERO

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS

    FILED BY RICHARD E. KORB

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiff’s motion for judgment on the pleadings (MJOP) is granted in part and conditionally denied in part. Specifically, the motion is granted as to all causes of action other than the t...

  • JONES VS. TZEN-WEN

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS AGAINST GUY TZEN-WEN

    FILED BY JEFFREY M. JONES, SHANNON B. JONES

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    Plaintiffs’ Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings as to the cross-complaint is moot. The Cross- Complaint has been dismissed.

    ...

  • HAMANO VS. ROWE

    Sep 25, 2020 |  Contra Costa County

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO CROSS-COMPLAINT of ROWE

    FILED BY JOHN F.X. HAMANO

    * TENTATIVE RULING: *

    The demurrer is moot. Rowe has filed a voluntary dismissal of her cross-complaint.

    ...

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