The Honorable Daniel A. Ottolia

Riverside County Superior Court, Department 4

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Biography

The Hon. Daniel A. Ottolia is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010.

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Ottolia received his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. He went on to earn his J.D. from Georgetown University.

Ottolia would serve briefly as a Riverside County deputy district attorney before becoming a named partner at Shafer, Hiskey, and Ottolia in 1985. After ten years with the firm, he hung out his own shingle in 1995, entering into solo practice, where he would remain until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2010.

While on the bench, Judge Ottolia became embroiled in a controversial decision involving the California End of Life Option. The legislation, which had been voted into state law in 2016, allowed for physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients who only had a few months to live. In May 2018, Judge Ottolia threw out the state law (after refusing to do so in 2016) on the grounds that lawmakers illegally enacted the law through a special session and was therefore unconstitutional at the time that it was approved. In June of that same year, the California Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal allowed the law to stay in effect while it considered the case.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Daniel A. Ottolia

  • BOWENS VS HERTZ LOCAL EDITION

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer is Overruled. Defendant’s Answer gives Plaintiff fair notice of the affirmative defenses asserted, and the facts pleaded in support of the affirmative defenses are pleaded with the same particularity as that alleged in the causes of action of Plaintiff’s complaint. If Plaintiff wants further clari...

  • SOLOMOS VS. INNOVATIVE EDUCATION MANAGEMENT INC

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer is Overruled as to the First and Second Causes of Action. Plaintiff does not allege religious discrimination or failure to accommodate her religious beliefs, rather, she alleges a restraint on liberty of speech and on her right to freely exercise her religion as guaranteed in the California Consti...

  • HERNANDEZ VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The parties are ordered to further meet and confer, as there is no evidence that Plaintiff attempted to actually meet and confer on the contested categories or RFPs or Defendant’s objections. Plaintiff to file a supplemental meet and confer declaration. Matter is continued to 8/27/20 at 8:30am, in D-4.

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  • SANTANA VS FCA US LLC

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted on RFPs 42-62, 66,67,68,69,70,77,79,80,82,83,84,85,105, and 112. Motion is Denied on Requests 64,65,71,72,73,74,75, and 81. No sanctions awarded.

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  • QUINTERO VS SUPER CENTER CONCEPTS

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Denied as Moot. Sanctions are awarded to Defendant in the sum of $847.50 (4.5 hours x $175.00 + $60.00).

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  • NATALI VS GAHAN

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. Sanctions in the amount of $760 are awarded to Cross- Defendant.

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  • QUINTERO VS SUPER CENTER CONCEPTS

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The request to compel further responses is Moot. Supplemental responses were provided on 6/16/2020. If Defendant is not satisfied with the responses, counsel will have to go through the required meet and confer and file an additional motion. Sanctions awarded to Defendant in the sum of $585 (3 hours x $175...

  • STEVENS VS JURCA

    Jun 30, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Per General Order 2020-15; “For any Demurrer affected by this Order that requires a meet and confer declaration, the parties shall meet and confer again notwithstanding any prior meet and confer efforts. The moving party shall describe those further efforts in a new declaration.” This hearing is continued ...

  • CUMMINGS VS VALDIVIA

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer is Sustained with 30 Days Leave to Amend.

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  • BURNETT VS MCLANE FOODSERVICE INC

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Denied as Moot. Defendant has not served the Subpoena on Dr.Bramson, and has indicated it has no intention of serving the Original Subpoena on Dr. Bramson. Further, the Court does not render advisory opinions, and cannot “authorize” the service of any subpoena .Defendant must comply with the stat...

  • GILBREATH VS UNITED PARCEL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted as to Special Interrogatories nos. 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 42, 43, 45, and 46. Denied as to all others. These requests seek information regarding the driver’s history of poor driving and whether the driver consumed alcohol on the date of the accident. This evidence is relevant to the eval...

  • COLEMAN VS CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer to the First, Second, Third, Eighth and Eleventh Causes of Action is Sustained with 30 days leave to amend. Demurrer to the Seventh Cause of Action is Overruled. Plaintiff has sufficiently pled an adverse employment action, however, for sex discrimination, Plaintiff fails to allege a causal link b...

  • WADSWORTH VS COLONY MORTGAGE

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer is sustained without leave to amend as to MERS. Demurrer to the First, Second and Fifth Causes of Action are sustained with 30 days leave to amend. Plaintiff fails to identify the person who made the representation, their authority or when the alleged misrepresentation was made. In addition, this ...

  • SIDHUM VS TUCCERI

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Off Calendar

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  • VILLEGAS VS LIBERTY MUTUAL

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. Petitioner Elizabeth Villegas is Ordered to provide Responses, without objection, within 30 days. No sanctions.

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  • VILLEGAS VS LIBERTY MUTUAL

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. Petitioner/Claimant Elizabeth Villegas is Ordered to provide Responses, without objection, within 30 days. No sanctions.

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  • RICHARDSON VS PACIFIC COACHWORKS INC

    Jun 22, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The hourly rate sought by Plaintiff is reasonable for Riverside County. The duplicative entry for 5/22/18 (.5 hrs) for the preparation of the case management statement will be disallowed. The 2.9 hrs for obtaining default against Norco RV will be disallowed. Plaintiff’s request for 11 hrs for this motion i...

  • HOWARD VS AZTEC

    Jun 22, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Granted. Demurrer to Causes of Action 2-4 is Sustained without Leave to Amend.

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  • SIDHUM VS TUCCERI

    Jun 22, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Denied as moot.

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  • SIDHUM VS TUCCERI

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. The Desanti Cross- defendants are not subject to the Referee Order as they did not appear at the OSC re: Appointment of Referee and are not mentioned anywhere in the Referee Order. The Referee Order and Cross-complainant Tucceri’s Objections to the discovery are inapplicable to the prese...

  • CANNON VS CARTER

    Jun 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Plaintiff’s Objection #3 to the Carter Declaration is Sustained. All other Objections are Overruled. Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction is Granted.

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  • WIDLY VS CHANG

    Jun 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Denied as moot in light of the Court’s ruling on the Demurrer.

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  • SIDHUM VS TUCCERI

    Jun 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Defendants Request for Judicial Notice is granted as to exhibits 1-5, Denied for exhibit 6. Plaintiff’s evidentiary objections to items 1 and 5 are Overruled, and Sustained as to items 2-4 for lack of foundation and lack of personal knowledge. Motion for Reallocation is Denied. No sanctions.

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  • BARODY VS ALAVI

    Jun 16, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. Plaintiff to submit Order and Judgment. Matter is set for an OSC re: Dismissal for failure to file judgment on September 10, 2020, at 8:30am, in D-4.

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Daniel A. Ottolia

  • BOWENS VS HERTZ LOCAL EDITION

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer is Overruled. Defendant’s Answer gives Plaintiff fair notice of the affirmative defenses asserted, and the facts pleaded in support of the affirmative defenses are pleaded with the same particularity as that alleged in the causes of action of Plaintiff’s complaint. If Plaintiff wants further clari...

  • SOLOMOS VS. INNOVATIVE EDUCATION MANAGEMENT INC

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer is Overruled as to the First and Second Causes of Action. Plaintiff does not allege religious discrimination or failure to accommodate her religious beliefs, rather, she alleges a restraint on liberty of speech and on her right to freely exercise her religion as guaranteed in the California Consti...

  • HERNANDEZ VS GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The parties are ordered to further meet and confer, as there is no evidence that Plaintiff attempted to actually meet and confer on the contested categories or RFPs or Defendant’s objections. Plaintiff to file a supplemental meet and confer declaration. Matter is continued to 8/27/20 at 8:30am, in D-4.

    ...

  • SANTANA VS FCA US LLC

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted on RFPs 42-62, 66,67,68,69,70,77,79,80,82,83,84,85,105, and 112. Motion is Denied on Requests 64,65,71,72,73,74,75, and 81. No sanctions awarded.

    ...

  • QUINTERO VS SUPER CENTER CONCEPTS

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Denied as Moot. Sanctions are awarded to Defendant in the sum of $847.50 (4.5 hours x $175.00 + $60.00).

    ...

  • NATALI VS GAHAN

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. Sanctions in the amount of $760 are awarded to Cross- Defendant.

    ...

  • QUINTERO VS SUPER CENTER CONCEPTS

    Jul 01, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The request to compel further responses is Moot. Supplemental responses were provided on 6/16/2020. If Defendant is not satisfied with the responses, counsel will have to go through the required meet and confer and file an additional motion. Sanctions awarded to Defendant in the sum of $585 (3 hours x $175...

  • STEVENS VS JURCA

    Jun 30, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Per General Order 2020-15; “For any Demurrer affected by this Order that requires a meet and confer declaration, the parties shall meet and confer again notwithstanding any prior meet and confer efforts. The moving party shall describe those further efforts in a new declaration.” This hearing is continued ...

  • CUMMINGS VS VALDIVIA

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer is Sustained with 30 Days Leave to Amend.

    ...

  • BURNETT VS MCLANE FOODSERVICE INC

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Denied as Moot. Defendant has not served the Subpoena on Dr.Bramson, and has indicated it has no intention of serving the Original Subpoena on Dr. Bramson. Further, the Court does not render advisory opinions, and cannot “authorize” the service of any subpoena .Defendant must comply with the stat...

  • GILBREATH VS UNITED PARCEL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted as to Special Interrogatories nos. 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 42, 43, 45, and 46. Denied as to all others. These requests seek information regarding the driver’s history of poor driving and whether the driver consumed alcohol on the date of the accident. This evidence is relevant to the eval...

  • COLEMAN VS CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer to the First, Second, Third, Eighth and Eleventh Causes of Action is Sustained with 30 days leave to amend. Demurrer to the Seventh Cause of Action is Overruled. Plaintiff has sufficiently pled an adverse employment action, however, for sex discrimination, Plaintiff fails to allege a causal link b...

  • WADSWORTH VS COLONY MORTGAGE

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Demurrer is sustained without leave to amend as to MERS. Demurrer to the First, Second and Fifth Causes of Action are sustained with 30 days leave to amend. Plaintiff fails to identify the person who made the representation, their authority or when the alleged misrepresentation was made. In addition, this ...

  • SIDHUM VS TUCCERI

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Off Calendar

    ...

  • VILLEGAS VS LIBERTY MUTUAL

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. Petitioner Elizabeth Villegas is Ordered to provide Responses, without objection, within 30 days. No sanctions.

    ...

  • VILLEGAS VS LIBERTY MUTUAL

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. Petitioner/Claimant Elizabeth Villegas is Ordered to provide Responses, without objection, within 30 days. No sanctions.

    ...

  • RICHARDSON VS PACIFIC COACHWORKS INC

    Jun 22, 2020 |  Riverside County

    The hourly rate sought by Plaintiff is reasonable for Riverside County. The duplicative entry for 5/22/18 (.5 hrs) for the preparation of the case management statement will be disallowed. The 2.9 hrs for obtaining default against Norco RV will be disallowed. Plaintiff’s request for 11 hrs for this motion i...

  • HOWARD VS AZTEC

    Jun 22, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Granted. Demurrer to Causes of Action 2-4 is Sustained without Leave to Amend.

    ...

  • SIDHUM VS TUCCERI

    Jun 22, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Denied as moot.

    ...

  • SIDHUM VS TUCCERI

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. The Desanti Cross- defendants are not subject to the Referee Order as they did not appear at the OSC re: Appointment of Referee and are not mentioned anywhere in the Referee Order. The Referee Order and Cross-complainant Tucceri’s Objections to the discovery are inapplicable to the prese...

  • CANNON VS CARTER

    Jun 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Plaintiff’s Objection #3 to the Carter Declaration is Sustained. All other Objections are Overruled. Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction is Granted.

    ...

  • WIDLY VS CHANG

    Jun 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Denied as moot in light of the Court’s ruling on the Demurrer.

    ...

  • SIDHUM VS TUCCERI

    Jun 17, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Defendants Request for Judicial Notice is granted as to exhibits 1-5, Denied for exhibit 6. Plaintiff’s evidentiary objections to items 1 and 5 are Overruled, and Sustained as to items 2-4 for lack of foundation and lack of personal knowledge. Motion for Reallocation is Denied. No sanctions.

    ...

  • BARODY VS ALAVI

    Jun 16, 2020 |  Riverside County

    Motion is Granted. Plaintiff to submit Order and Judgment. Matter is set for an OSC re: Dismissal for failure to file judgment on September 10, 2020, at 8:30am, in D-4.

    ...

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