The Honorable Craig D. Karlan

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department N

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Biography

The Hon. Craig D. Karlan is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2002. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Theodore Piatt (Ret.).

Judge Karlan received his bachelor's degree from Yale University, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He went on to earn his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

After graduating from Harvard, Karlan joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office as a deputy district attorney. During his 11 years with the D.A.'s office, Karlan helped prosecute white-collar and violent crimes. He remained with the D.A.'s office until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2002.

He also taught on the subject of white-collar crimes as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University Law School and as a lecturer for the California District Attorney's Association.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Craig D. Karlan

  • PROTECT THE SANTA MONICA COAST VS SUNSHINE ENTERPRISES, LP

    Sep 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Protect the Santa Monica Coast’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, Alternatively, Summary Adjudication is DENIED.

    Plaintiff Protect the Santa Monica Coast to give notice.

    REASONING

    The purpose of a motion for summary judgment or summary adjudication ...

  • CITY OF SANTA MONICA VS CECIL MCNABB, ET AL.,

    Sep 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Cecil McNab’s Demurrer to Plaintiff’s Second Amended [Complaint] is OVERRULED.

    Defendant Cecil McNab’s Motion to Strike All or Portions of Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint is DENIED.

    Defendants Cecil McNab, Brida, LLC, and Kathy Golshani shall file and...

  • ELLE BI VS TONY E. LUND

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Tony Lund’s Demurrer to Plaintiff’s Complaint is SUSTAINED, with twenty (20) days leave to amend. Plaintiff may amend her complaint “only as authorized by the court’s order” and “may not amend the complaint to add a new cause of action without having obtained permission t...

  • SAMUEL & GALIA COHEN VS MARC & RISA DAUER ET AL

    Sep 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Alan I. Schimmel of Schimmel & Parks APLC’s Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel is GRANTED. A Status Conference re: New Counsel is set for December 16, 2020, at 8:30 AM.

    Plaintiffs Samuel Cohen and Galia Cohen’s Motion to File Fifth Amended Complaint is DENIED.

    Defenda...

  • CHIRELLE ALANA LOONEY VS THE EVERGREEN ADVANAGE, LLC., ET AL

    Aug 21, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Lone Oak Fund, LLC (Doe 2)’s Demurrer is SUSTAINED, with thirty (30) days leave to amend. The Motion to Strike is DENIED, as MOOT.

    Defendant Lone Oak Fund, LLC to give notice.

    REASONING

    Request for Judicial Notice

    Defendant Lone Oak (“Lone ...

  • PANDA BUILDERS INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS MATHEW H KUNDINGER AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE MANDELLOBURG 2017 TRUST

    Aug 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Specially Appearing Defendant Mathew H. Kundinger’s Motion to Quash Service of Summons and Complaint is DENIED, as MOOT.

    Plaintiff Panda Builders Inc. to give notice.

    REASONING

    Code of Civil Procedure section 418.10, subdivision (a)(1), provides that a defen...

  • LEADING INSURANCE GROUP INSURANCE CO. VS RENKA PROP, LLC

    Aug 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs Leading Insurance Group Insurance Co., Ltd. (U.S. Branch) dba Leading Insurance Company (U.S. Branch), Leading Insurance Services, Inc., and Kookmin Best Insurance’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees in the Amount of $143,434.00 is GRANTED.

    Plaintiffs Leading Insurance ...

  • JANE DOE VS JASON GRANGER

    Aug 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Jason Grainger’s Motion for Imposition of Monetary Sanctions in the Amount of $5,080.00 Against Plaintiff’s Counsel, Robin Sax, Pursuant to CCP section 128.5 (a) for Bad Faith Tactics in Wilfully [sic] Failing to Timely Notify Defense Counsel of the Vacating of the Hearin...

  • BETSEY LEE JOHNSON VS. RICHARD CIOTTI

    Aug 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Betsey Lee Johnson’s demurrer to Defendants/Cross-Complainants Richard Ciotti and RTC Design & Build, Inc.’s second and third causes of action in the cross-complaint is SUSTAINED, without leave to amend.

    Plaintiff shall file an answer to the remain...

  • KOUROSH IZADPANAHI VS MARIA ALMA YOLANDA IBARRA DABDOUB, ET AL.

    Aug 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Maria Alma Yolanda Ibarra Dabdoub, an individual, and Maria Alma Yolanda Ibarra Dabdoub, as trustee of the Don H. Kim Living Trust 2015’s Motion to Quash Service of Summons is GRANTED. The summons and complaint purportedly served on Defendants Maria Alma Yolanda Ibarra D...

  • SAYBROOK CAPITAL, LLC VS JONATHAN ROSENTHAL, ET AL.,

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Saybrook Capital, LLC’s Motion for Leave to File First Amended Complaint is GRANTED. Plaintiff’s proposed First Amended Complaint shall be deemed filed and served as of the date of hearing on this motion.

    The parties shall meet and confer regarding setting a secon...

  • MARIA MORENO VS JOHN DOE, ET AL.

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Peter M. Newton, M.D., Newton Medical Evaluations, Inc., a California Corporation fka Peter M. Newton, M.D., a Medical Corporation’s Demurrer to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint is SUSTAINED, without leave to amend, as to the first, second and third causes of action.<...

  • NATIONAL COMMERCIAL RECOVERY, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS DANNY ABRAHAMI, ET AL.

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Danny Abrahami and Tiran Abrahami’s Motion to Quash Summons is DENIED.

    Defendants Danny Abrahami and Tiran Abrahami shall file answers to the complaint within thirty (30) days of entry of this order.

    Defendants Danny Abrahami and Tiran Abrahami to give no...

  • BELKIN INTERNATIONAL, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION VS ETECH GALAXY, LLC, AN ENTITY, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The Application of Warren V. Norred to Appear as Counsel Pro Hac Vice is GRANTED.

    Defendants Etech Galaxy, LLC, and David Nigh’s Motion to Quash Service of Summons and to Dismiss Action for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction is DENIED, pending receipt of an amended declaration f...

  • CREDITORS ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, INC. VS RHOADS & MARTIN REAL ESTATE, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Creditors Adjustment Bureau, Inc.’s Application for Default Judgment is CONTINUED to _____________. Plaintiff shall file a supplemental declaration on or before ____________.

    First, Code of Civil Procedure section 415.40 describes the means of service of summons o...

  • ELIEL BASTIDA VS ORI ZAIRI

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Eliel Bastida v. Ori Zairi, et al. Case No.: SC 123961

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff’s request to augment Section 3, Summary of the Parties’ Testimony and Other Evidence in Appellant’s Proposed Settled Statement, is GRANTED; Plaintiff’s request to augment Attachment 5, Summary of Motions in Ap...

  • MS 212 LLC ET AL VS HIRSCH ANDREW ET AL

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs MS 212, LLC and Alexandra Piskun’s Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement is DENIED.

    Plaintiffs MS 212, LLC and Alexandra Piskun to give notice.

    REASONING

    Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement

    Code of Civil Procedure...

  • EDWARD CZUKER VS HOMAYOUN LARIAN

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Edward Czuker’s Motion to Tax Costs is GRANTED, as to Defendant’s request to recover attorneys’ fees, and DENIED in all other respects.

    Defendant Homayoun Larian’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 527.6(s) is DENIED.

    M...

  • SACHA FARNSWORTH VS RANDI POLLOCK

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Sacha Farnsworth’s Motion to Seal Portions of the Verified Application of Megan Bussey to Appear as Counsel for Pro Hac Vice is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff Sacha Farnsworth to give notice.

    REASONING

    The trial court “may order that a record be filed under se...

  • GAURA TANEJA VS SUPERIOR LOAN SERVICING, AN ENTITY OF UNKNOWN TYPE, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Gaura Taneja’s Motion to Consolidate Case Nos. 19SMUD02591 and 20SMCV00126, or in the Alternative Staying Case Nos. 19SMUD02591 Pending the Outcome of Case No. 20SMCV00126 is DENIED, without prejudice.

    Plaintiff Gaura Taneja to give notice.

    REASONING

    ...

  • JANICE KAUFMAN VS FREEMAN, FREEMAN & SMILEY, LLP

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP, Thomas C. Aiken, and Adrienne H. McKay’s Motion/Petition to Compel Arbitration and for an Order Staying Case Pending Arbitration is GRANTED. The proceedings are hereby stayed pending conclusion of arbitration.

    Defendants Freeman, Fr...

  • DAVID ELLIS, ET AL. VS LENCO CONSTRUCTION, ET AL.

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs David Ellis and Katherine Ellis’ Application for Default Judgment is CONTINUED to _________________ to allow Plaintiffs to submit supplemental evidence as set forth below. Such supplemental evidence and documents shall be submitted on or before _____________.

    REA...

  • HOMAYOUN LARIAN VS EDWARD CZUKER, ET AL.

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Edward Czuker and Elissa Czuker’s Motion to Quash Deposition Subpoena for Production of Business Records is GRANTED. Defendants’ accompanying request for sanctions is DENIED.

    Defendants Edward Czuker and Elissa Czuker’s Motion to Expunge Lis Pendens is GRANTED. D...

  • HAGOP TCHAKERIAN VS CITY OF LOS ANGELES

    Jul 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Los Angeles World Airports’ Demurrer to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint is SUSTAINED, with twenty (20) days leave to amend, as to the first and second causes of action, and SUSTAINED, without leave to amend, as to the third cause of action.

    Plaintiff may amend...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Craig D. Karlan

  • PROTECT THE SANTA MONICA COAST VS SUNSHINE ENTERPRISES, LP

    Sep 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Protect the Santa Monica Coast’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, Alternatively, Summary Adjudication is DENIED.

    Plaintiff Protect the Santa Monica Coast to give notice.

    REASONING

    The purpose of a motion for summary judgment or summary adjudication ...

  • CITY OF SANTA MONICA VS CECIL MCNABB, ET AL.,

    Sep 17, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Cecil McNab’s Demurrer to Plaintiff’s Second Amended [Complaint] is OVERRULED.

    Defendant Cecil McNab’s Motion to Strike All or Portions of Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint is DENIED.

    Defendants Cecil McNab, Brida, LLC, and Kathy Golshani shall file and...

  • ELLE BI VS TONY E. LUND

    Sep 16, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Tony Lund’s Demurrer to Plaintiff’s Complaint is SUSTAINED, with twenty (20) days leave to amend. Plaintiff may amend her complaint “only as authorized by the court’s order” and “may not amend the complaint to add a new cause of action without having obtained permission t...

  • SAMUEL & GALIA COHEN VS MARC & RISA DAUER ET AL

    Sep 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Alan I. Schimmel of Schimmel & Parks APLC’s Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel is GRANTED. A Status Conference re: New Counsel is set for December 16, 2020, at 8:30 AM.

    Plaintiffs Samuel Cohen and Galia Cohen’s Motion to File Fifth Amended Complaint is DENIED.

    Defenda...

  • CHIRELLE ALANA LOONEY VS THE EVERGREEN ADVANAGE, LLC., ET AL

    Aug 21, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Lone Oak Fund, LLC (Doe 2)’s Demurrer is SUSTAINED, with thirty (30) days leave to amend. The Motion to Strike is DENIED, as MOOT.

    Defendant Lone Oak Fund, LLC to give notice.

    REASONING

    Request for Judicial Notice

    Defendant Lone Oak (“Lone ...

  • PANDA BUILDERS INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS MATHEW H KUNDINGER AND AS TRUSTEE OF THE MANDELLOBURG 2017 TRUST

    Aug 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Specially Appearing Defendant Mathew H. Kundinger’s Motion to Quash Service of Summons and Complaint is DENIED, as MOOT.

    Plaintiff Panda Builders Inc. to give notice.

    REASONING

    Code of Civil Procedure section 418.10, subdivision (a)(1), provides that a defen...

  • LEADING INSURANCE GROUP INSURANCE CO. VS RENKA PROP, LLC

    Aug 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs Leading Insurance Group Insurance Co., Ltd. (U.S. Branch) dba Leading Insurance Company (U.S. Branch), Leading Insurance Services, Inc., and Kookmin Best Insurance’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees in the Amount of $143,434.00 is GRANTED.

    Plaintiffs Leading Insurance ...

  • JANE DOE VS JASON GRANGER

    Aug 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Jason Grainger’s Motion for Imposition of Monetary Sanctions in the Amount of $5,080.00 Against Plaintiff’s Counsel, Robin Sax, Pursuant to CCP section 128.5 (a) for Bad Faith Tactics in Wilfully [sic] Failing to Timely Notify Defense Counsel of the Vacating of the Hearin...

  • BETSEY LEE JOHNSON VS. RICHARD CIOTTI

    Aug 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Betsey Lee Johnson’s demurrer to Defendants/Cross-Complainants Richard Ciotti and RTC Design & Build, Inc.’s second and third causes of action in the cross-complaint is SUSTAINED, without leave to amend.

    Plaintiff shall file an answer to the remain...

  • KOUROSH IZADPANAHI VS MARIA ALMA YOLANDA IBARRA DABDOUB, ET AL.

    Aug 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Maria Alma Yolanda Ibarra Dabdoub, an individual, and Maria Alma Yolanda Ibarra Dabdoub, as trustee of the Don H. Kim Living Trust 2015’s Motion to Quash Service of Summons is GRANTED. The summons and complaint purportedly served on Defendants Maria Alma Yolanda Ibarra D...

  • SAYBROOK CAPITAL, LLC VS JONATHAN ROSENTHAL, ET AL.,

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Saybrook Capital, LLC’s Motion for Leave to File First Amended Complaint is GRANTED. Plaintiff’s proposed First Amended Complaint shall be deemed filed and served as of the date of hearing on this motion.

    The parties shall meet and confer regarding setting a secon...

  • MARIA MORENO VS JOHN DOE, ET AL.

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Peter M. Newton, M.D., Newton Medical Evaluations, Inc., a California Corporation fka Peter M. Newton, M.D., a Medical Corporation’s Demurrer to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint is SUSTAINED, without leave to amend, as to the first, second and third causes of action.<...

  • NATIONAL COMMERCIAL RECOVERY, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION VS DANNY ABRAHAMI, ET AL.

    Aug 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Danny Abrahami and Tiran Abrahami’s Motion to Quash Summons is DENIED.

    Defendants Danny Abrahami and Tiran Abrahami shall file answers to the complaint within thirty (30) days of entry of this order.

    Defendants Danny Abrahami and Tiran Abrahami to give no...

  • BELKIN INTERNATIONAL, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION VS ETECH GALAXY, LLC, AN ENTITY, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The Application of Warren V. Norred to Appear as Counsel Pro Hac Vice is GRANTED.

    Defendants Etech Galaxy, LLC, and David Nigh’s Motion to Quash Service of Summons and to Dismiss Action for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction is DENIED, pending receipt of an amended declaration f...

  • CREDITORS ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, INC. VS RHOADS & MARTIN REAL ESTATE, LLC, ET AL.

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Creditors Adjustment Bureau, Inc.’s Application for Default Judgment is CONTINUED to _____________. Plaintiff shall file a supplemental declaration on or before ____________.

    First, Code of Civil Procedure section 415.40 describes the means of service of summons o...

  • ELIEL BASTIDA VS ORI ZAIRI

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Eliel Bastida v. Ori Zairi, et al. Case No.: SC 123961

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff’s request to augment Section 3, Summary of the Parties’ Testimony and Other Evidence in Appellant’s Proposed Settled Statement, is GRANTED; Plaintiff’s request to augment Attachment 5, Summary of Motions in Ap...

  • MS 212 LLC ET AL VS HIRSCH ANDREW ET AL

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs MS 212, LLC and Alexandra Piskun’s Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement is DENIED.

    Plaintiffs MS 212, LLC and Alexandra Piskun to give notice.

    REASONING

    Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement

    Code of Civil Procedure...

  • EDWARD CZUKER VS HOMAYOUN LARIAN

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Edward Czuker’s Motion to Tax Costs is GRANTED, as to Defendant’s request to recover attorneys’ fees, and DENIED in all other respects.

    Defendant Homayoun Larian’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 527.6(s) is DENIED.

    M...

  • SACHA FARNSWORTH VS RANDI POLLOCK

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Sacha Farnsworth’s Motion to Seal Portions of the Verified Application of Megan Bussey to Appear as Counsel for Pro Hac Vice is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff Sacha Farnsworth to give notice.

    REASONING

    The trial court “may order that a record be filed under se...

  • GAURA TANEJA VS SUPERIOR LOAN SERVICING, AN ENTITY OF UNKNOWN TYPE, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiff Gaura Taneja’s Motion to Consolidate Case Nos. 19SMUD02591 and 20SMCV00126, or in the Alternative Staying Case Nos. 19SMUD02591 Pending the Outcome of Case No. 20SMCV00126 is DENIED, without prejudice.

    Plaintiff Gaura Taneja to give notice.

    REASONING

    ...

  • JANICE KAUFMAN VS FREEMAN, FREEMAN & SMILEY, LLP

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP, Thomas C. Aiken, and Adrienne H. McKay’s Motion/Petition to Compel Arbitration and for an Order Staying Case Pending Arbitration is GRANTED. The proceedings are hereby stayed pending conclusion of arbitration.

    Defendants Freeman, Fr...

  • DAVID ELLIS, ET AL. VS LENCO CONSTRUCTION, ET AL.

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Plaintiffs David Ellis and Katherine Ellis’ Application for Default Judgment is CONTINUED to _________________ to allow Plaintiffs to submit supplemental evidence as set forth below. Such supplemental evidence and documents shall be submitted on or before _____________.

    REA...

  • HOMAYOUN LARIAN VS EDWARD CZUKER, ET AL.

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendants Edward Czuker and Elissa Czuker’s Motion to Quash Deposition Subpoena for Production of Business Records is GRANTED. Defendants’ accompanying request for sanctions is DENIED.

    Defendants Edward Czuker and Elissa Czuker’s Motion to Expunge Lis Pendens is GRANTED. D...

  • HAGOP TCHAKERIAN VS CITY OF LOS ANGELES

    Jul 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant Los Angeles World Airports’ Demurrer to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint is SUSTAINED, with twenty (20) days leave to amend, as to the first and second causes of action, and SUSTAINED, without leave to amend, as to the third cause of action.

    Plaintiff may amend...

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