The Honorable Craig G. Riemer

Riverside County Superior Court, Department 1

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Biography

The Hon. Craig G. Riemer is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2003. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Janice McIntyre (Ret.).

Judge Riemer graduated with honors with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Riverside in 1977. During college, he worked as an intern for the Riverside County Public Defender's Office as well as for former California State Assemblyman Dennis Mangers. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1980.

Riemer began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Swarner and Fitzgerald. During his short time there, Riemer practiced general civil litigation. In 1982, he became a partner at Babcock and Cappelli, where his practice involved real property and commercial litigation. He also practiced as an associate at Dye, Thomas, Luebs, and Mort from 1985 to 1990, where he continued in his practice of civil litigation.

He left private practice in 1990, to serve as a senior appellate court attorney for the Hon. Art W. McKinster, an associate justice with the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District. During his thirteen-years there, Riemer helped research and draft opinions for the court concerning civil, criminal, juvenile, probate and family law appeals. He was serving in that capacity at the time of his appointment to the Superior Court in 2003.

While on the bench, Judge Riemer has presided over criminal, civil, and probate trials. He has also presided on the appellate panel and the drug court.

His memberships have included the California Judges Association, the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, the Riverside chapter of the American Inns of Court, and past-president of the Riverside County Bar Association.

He has served on the board of directors for the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations and also served as chair of the Conference's Resolution's Committee.

His professional committees have included the Temporary Judges Committee, the Civil Law Advisory Committee, and the Riverside Superior Court's Executive Committee.

He has served as a volunteer for the Riverside Youth Center and as a presiding judge for collegiate mock trial competitions.

Riemer has also taught continuing legal education programs for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research.

A native of California, he was born in Fullerton and moved to Riverside from Los Angeles in 1980.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Craig G. Riemer

  • FLORES VS NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The defendant’s general demurrer to the fourth cause of action is sustained with 20 days’ leave to amend. The special demurrers for uncertainty are overruled. If the plaintiffs request oral argument, Amy Morse is ordered to appear at the hearing on the demurrer and to explain why she persists in relying up...

  • GROENDYK VS NORTHSTAR PLANNING

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ unopposed motion to enforce settlement is denied. The case management conference is continued to October 20, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. in this department. The Court imposes sanctions of $250 on plaintiff and plaintiff’s counsel, Cosgrove, Cosgrove & Humphrey, for the failure to appear at the case ...

  • TYE VS BOWEN

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff’s motion to compel further responses from Emerald Escrow to the plaintiff’s special interrogatories 1 through 5 is continued to September 29, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. in this department. granted. The plaintiff shall file an amended notice, memorandum, and declaration no later than August 31, 2020. ...

  • NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLECTION VS MICHAELS

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The defendant's motion to deem admissions is denied as moot in light of the subsequent service of the plaintiff's responses. The defendant's request for sanctions is granted in the sum of $1,065. Analysis: The defendant has proven by a preponderance of the evidence that the requests for admissions were ser...

  • GILLESPIE VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ motion to compel the remote deposition of Mr. Mason is granted. The proposed order is signed. Analysis: In light of the on-going pandemic, the age of this case, and the undisputed materiality of Mr. Mason’s testimony, the Court finds good cause to require the deposition to proceed even if M...

  • COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE VS VILLA DE AMORE

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Riverside County

    If the ambiguities regarding service of the OSC are cured, the preliminary injunction will be issued as requested. Analysis: Mr. Messina, counsel for the defendants, graciously agreed to accept service on behalf of his clients. Accordingly, the OSC provides that the defendants were to be served “by persona...

  • JAMES VS THACHER

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The motion to vacate the dismissal of the complaint as to defendant American Heritage Pool Corporation is denied. Analysis: On September 25, 2019, the plaintiff filed a notice of settlement of entire case in which the plaintiff represented that the action would be dismissed no later than 11-25-19. In respo...

  • GUZMAN VS KANA PIPELINE INC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Due to the late filing of the plaintiff’s opposition, and the defendant’s assertion that it was prejudiced in its ability to fully respond to the arguments raised in the opposition, the hearing is continued to August 21, 2020, at 8:30 A.M., in this department. Any amended reply shall be filed and served no...

  • FREEMAN VS BOTELLO

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ motion for relief from their forfeiture of their right to a jury trial is denied. Analysis: On October 9, 2019, the Court ruled that the plaintiffs and the defendants had forfeited their respective rights to a jury trial by failing to pay jury fees within the time specified by Code of Civil...

  • PISANI VS VEAZY

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The unopposed motion of defendant Universal Health Services of Rancho Springs for an order deeming its requests for admission to have been admitted by the plaintiff is granted. The proposed order is signed. Analysis: The motion is in proper form, has been properly served, and is unopposed. There is no evid...

  • DELANEY VS EISENHOWER HEALTH

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The motion for summary judgment is denied. The motion for summary adjudication is denied. The case management conference is continued to August 31, 2020, 8:30 A.M., this department.

    Analysis: The complaint consists of two causes of action, the first for negligence and the second for lack of informe...

  • STRIVE LOGISTICS LLC VS FASTTRAK FOODS LLC

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Unless the client appears and persuades the Court to do otherwise, the motion will be granted and the proposed order will be signed. In that event, the Court will issue an order to show cause as to why the defendant’s answer should not be stricken for its failure to retain new counsel.

    ...

  • BATO VS BLAIR

    Aug 03, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff's motion for relief from sanctions is denied. Analysis: The motion is not supported by any evidence to support the factual assertions on which the motion depends. Without the evidence to support those assertions, the assertions are unproven, and no good cause is shown for the relief requested...

  • RAMIREZ VS OXFORD PROPERTIES

    Aug 03, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff's motion to vacate a default is denied. The plaintiff's motion to vacate the dismissal entered on January 28, 2020, is denied. Analysis: The Court dismissed the plaintiff's complaint by an order filed on December 23, 2019. Thereafter the Court dismissed the cross-complaint by an order signed ...

  • VERGARA VS NISSAN

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ unopposed motion for relief from their forfeiture of their right to a jury trial is denied. Analysis: A moving party's evidentiary burden in a motion for relief from forfeiture of the right to a jury trial is slight, but it is not non-existent. Although a court may grant relief under Code o...

  • BADOWICH VS LEMAY

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The defendants’ general demurrer to third and fourth causes of action of the first amended complaint is overruled. The defendants shall file their answer to the FAC complaint no later than August 17, 2020. Analysis: The addition of the allegations that the plaintiff withdrew consent during the procedure cu...

  • CHEN VS UNIVERSITY CAMPUS HOTEL LLC

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff’s request to produce documents is modified as follows: • “Liquid funds” is defined to mean the same thing as “cash,” as that term is used in that portion of the agreement that provides that the obligation of the partnership to refund the plaintiff’s investment is conditioned on whether “the P...

  • DELANEY VS EISENHOWER HEALTH

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ objection to the entire declaration of Barnes is sustained. With that exception, the hearing on the demurrers of Barnes and Barnes, Inc., is continued to August 5, 2020, at 8:30 A.M in this department. The case management conference is continued to that same date and time. No later than Jul...

  • VIP SERVICES CORP.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The petition for approval of the proposed transfer of a structured settlement is denied and the petition is dismissed without prejudice. Analysis: The hearing was continued from June 18, 2020, to permit counsel for the petitioner to cure two omissions: the lack of any declaration from the transferor, and t...

  • BARBIER VS BEIER III

    Jul 22, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The parties’ respective requests for judicial notice are denied because the evidence to which they pertain is not material to the Court’s analysis. Defendant Beier’s demurrer to the plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint is sustained without leave to amend. The defendant shall prepare and submit a proposed ju...

  • PORSCHE LEASING LTD VS MILLER

    Jul 20, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff’s unopposed application for a writ of possession is granted. Because the defendants have no equity in the vehicle, no undertaking is required of plaintiff. (C.C.P. §515.010(b).) The defendants’ counterbond is set at $5,000. (C.C.P. §515.020(b).)

    ...

  • RANGEL VS NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

    Jul 20, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The defendant’s motion to strike the prayer for punitive damages is granted with 20 days leave to amend.

    ...

  • IN RE VIP SERVICES CORPORATION

    Jul 16, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The petition for approval of the proposed transfer of a structured settlement is denied and the petition is dismissed with prejudice. Analysis: The hearing was continued from June 18, 2020, to permit counsel for the petitioner to cure two omissions: the lack of any declaration from the transferor, and the ...

  • GREGORY VS BECKLEY

    Jul 15, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff’s unopposed motion for relief from dismissal is granted. The order of dismissal filed 1-28-20 is vacated. The proposed order is signed as modified. The matter is set for a trial setting conference on 8-18-20 at 8:30 A.M. in Dept. PS1.

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Craig G. Riemer

  • FLORES VS NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The defendant’s general demurrer to the fourth cause of action is sustained with 20 days’ leave to amend. The special demurrers for uncertainty are overruled. If the plaintiffs request oral argument, Amy Morse is ordered to appear at the hearing on the demurrer and to explain why she persists in relying up...

  • GROENDYK VS NORTHSTAR PLANNING

    Aug 12, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ unopposed motion to enforce settlement is denied. The case management conference is continued to October 20, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. in this department. The Court imposes sanctions of $250 on plaintiff and plaintiff’s counsel, Cosgrove, Cosgrove & Humphrey, for the failure to appear at the case ...

  • TYE VS BOWEN

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff’s motion to compel further responses from Emerald Escrow to the plaintiff’s special interrogatories 1 through 5 is continued to September 29, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. in this department. granted. The plaintiff shall file an amended notice, memorandum, and declaration no later than August 31, 2020. ...

  • NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLECTION VS MICHAELS

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The defendant's motion to deem admissions is denied as moot in light of the subsequent service of the plaintiff's responses. The defendant's request for sanctions is granted in the sum of $1,065. Analysis: The defendant has proven by a preponderance of the evidence that the requests for admissions were ser...

  • GILLESPIE VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ motion to compel the remote deposition of Mr. Mason is granted. The proposed order is signed. Analysis: In light of the on-going pandemic, the age of this case, and the undisputed materiality of Mr. Mason’s testimony, the Court finds good cause to require the deposition to proceed even if M...

  • COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE VS VILLA DE AMORE

    Aug 10, 2020 |  Riverside County

    If the ambiguities regarding service of the OSC are cured, the preliminary injunction will be issued as requested. Analysis: Mr. Messina, counsel for the defendants, graciously agreed to accept service on behalf of his clients. Accordingly, the OSC provides that the defendants were to be served “by persona...

  • JAMES VS THACHER

    Aug 07, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The motion to vacate the dismissal of the complaint as to defendant American Heritage Pool Corporation is denied. Analysis: On September 25, 2019, the plaintiff filed a notice of settlement of entire case in which the plaintiff represented that the action would be dismissed no later than 11-25-19. In respo...

  • GUZMAN VS KANA PIPELINE INC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Due to the late filing of the plaintiff’s opposition, and the defendant’s assertion that it was prejudiced in its ability to fully respond to the arguments raised in the opposition, the hearing is continued to August 21, 2020, at 8:30 A.M., in this department. Any amended reply shall be filed and served no...

  • FREEMAN VS BOTELLO

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ motion for relief from their forfeiture of their right to a jury trial is denied. Analysis: On October 9, 2019, the Court ruled that the plaintiffs and the defendants had forfeited their respective rights to a jury trial by failing to pay jury fees within the time specified by Code of Civil...

  • PISANI VS VEAZY

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The unopposed motion of defendant Universal Health Services of Rancho Springs for an order deeming its requests for admission to have been admitted by the plaintiff is granted. The proposed order is signed. Analysis: The motion is in proper form, has been properly served, and is unopposed. There is no evid...

  • DELANEY VS EISENHOWER HEALTH

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The motion for summary judgment is denied. The motion for summary adjudication is denied. The case management conference is continued to August 31, 2020, 8:30 A.M., this department.

    Analysis: The complaint consists of two causes of action, the first for negligence and the second for lack of informe...

  • STRIVE LOGISTICS LLC VS FASTTRAK FOODS LLC

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Unless the client appears and persuades the Court to do otherwise, the motion will be granted and the proposed order will be signed. In that event, the Court will issue an order to show cause as to why the defendant’s answer should not be stricken for its failure to retain new counsel.

    ...

  • BATO VS BLAIR

    Aug 03, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff's motion for relief from sanctions is denied. Analysis: The motion is not supported by any evidence to support the factual assertions on which the motion depends. Without the evidence to support those assertions, the assertions are unproven, and no good cause is shown for the relief requested...

  • RAMIREZ VS OXFORD PROPERTIES

    Aug 03, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff's motion to vacate a default is denied. The plaintiff's motion to vacate the dismissal entered on January 28, 2020, is denied. Analysis: The Court dismissed the plaintiff's complaint by an order filed on December 23, 2019. Thereafter the Court dismissed the cross-complaint by an order signed ...

  • VERGARA VS NISSAN

    Jul 31, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ unopposed motion for relief from their forfeiture of their right to a jury trial is denied. Analysis: A moving party's evidentiary burden in a motion for relief from forfeiture of the right to a jury trial is slight, but it is not non-existent. Although a court may grant relief under Code o...

  • BADOWICH VS LEMAY

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The defendants’ general demurrer to third and fourth causes of action of the first amended complaint is overruled. The defendants shall file their answer to the FAC complaint no later than August 17, 2020. Analysis: The addition of the allegations that the plaintiff withdrew consent during the procedure cu...

  • CHEN VS UNIVERSITY CAMPUS HOTEL LLC

    Jul 24, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff’s request to produce documents is modified as follows: • “Liquid funds” is defined to mean the same thing as “cash,” as that term is used in that portion of the agreement that provides that the obligation of the partnership to refund the plaintiff’s investment is conditioned on whether “the P...

  • DELANEY VS EISENHOWER HEALTH

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiffs’ objection to the entire declaration of Barnes is sustained. With that exception, the hearing on the demurrers of Barnes and Barnes, Inc., is continued to August 5, 2020, at 8:30 A.M in this department. The case management conference is continued to that same date and time. No later than Jul...

  • VIP SERVICES CORP.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The petition for approval of the proposed transfer of a structured settlement is denied and the petition is dismissed without prejudice. Analysis: The hearing was continued from June 18, 2020, to permit counsel for the petitioner to cure two omissions: the lack of any declaration from the transferor, and t...

  • BARBIER VS BEIER III

    Jul 22, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The parties’ respective requests for judicial notice are denied because the evidence to which they pertain is not material to the Court’s analysis. Defendant Beier’s demurrer to the plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint is sustained without leave to amend. The defendant shall prepare and submit a proposed ju...

  • PORSCHE LEASING LTD VS MILLER

    Jul 20, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff’s unopposed application for a writ of possession is granted. Because the defendants have no equity in the vehicle, no undertaking is required of plaintiff. (C.C.P. §515.010(b).) The defendants’ counterbond is set at $5,000. (C.C.P. §515.020(b).)

    ...

  • RANGEL VS NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

    Jul 20, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The defendant’s motion to strike the prayer for punitive damages is granted with 20 days leave to amend.

    ...

  • IN RE VIP SERVICES CORPORATION

    Jul 16, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The petition for approval of the proposed transfer of a structured settlement is denied and the petition is dismissed with prejudice. Analysis: The hearing was continued from June 18, 2020, to permit counsel for the petitioner to cure two omissions: the lack of any declaration from the transferor, and the ...

  • GREGORY VS BECKLEY

    Jul 15, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The plaintiff’s unopposed motion for relief from dismissal is granted. The order of dismissal filed 1-28-20 is vacated. The proposed order is signed as modified. The matter is set for a trial setting conference on 8-18-20 at 8:30 A.M. in Dept. PS1.

    ...

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