The Honorable David De Alba

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 47

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Biography

The Hon. David De Alba is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2001 by former Governor Gray Davis.

Judge Alba received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1979.

Alba clerked for the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in Sacramento before beginning his legal career at the California Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General in 1979. He started out as a deputy attorney general, until being appointed the special assistant to then-attorney general Bill Lockyer in 1999, a position he would hold until his appointment to the bench two years later. During his time there, Alba specialized in criminal appeals, complex tort litigation, and law enforcement policy.

While on the bench, Judge Alba served as the assistant presiding judge and as presiding judge, he also served as the supervising judge of the Felony Home Courts and Probate Division. Some of his assignments have included presiding over the Civil Division and the Juvenile Court.

His professional organizations have included the California Judicial Council's Criminal Law Advisory Committee, the La Raza Lawyers Association, and the Hispanic Law Enforcement Task Force.

He has also served as a volunteer for the United Way of Sacramento, and for Habitat for Humanity.

He was named Judge of the Year in 2011 by the Sacramento Bar Association.

Judge Alba, who grew up in San Francisco, California, was the eldest of six children. His family immigrated from Mexico.

Recent Rulings by Hon. David De Alba

  • KIMBERLY JOY JOHNSON VS. ALUTIIQ, LLC

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Kimberly Joy Johnson, et al. v. Alutiiq, LLC, et al.:

    The Court issues the following tentative ruling for the hearing set for June 19 2020 at 9:30 a.m. regarding the unopposed motion of Plaintiff Kimberly Joy Johnson ("Plaintiff"), as an individual and on behalf of all others similarly situated, fo...

  • ISAIAH WHITE VS. SACRAMENTO REGIONAL TRANSIT DISTRICT

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The Court issues the following tentative ruling for the hearing on June 19, 2020, regarding the motion for final approval of class action settlement filed by Plaintiff Isaiah White, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, and Plaintiffs' motion for attorney fees and costs. No oppositio...

  • REBECCA NISHIMOTO VS. T&S BUSINESS CORPORATION

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Rebecca Nishimoto v. T&S Business Corp. (34-2017-00211426):

    The Court issues the following tentative ruling for the final fairness hearing set for June 19, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. regarding the unopposed motion of Plaintiff Rebecca Nishimoto ("Plaintiff"), as an individual and on behalf of all others si...

  • FORD MOTOR TRANSMISSION CASES

    Jun 17, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The petition of Defendant Ford Motor Company ("Ford") to compel arbitration in the coordinated actions entitled Matthews v. Ford Motor Co. (Case No. 34-2015-00187000) and Richey v. Ford Motor Co. (Case No. FCS046609) is denied. The Court finds Ford waived the right to arbitration by availing itself of the ...

  • ERNESTO HERNANDEZ VS. ALCO GENERAL CONTRACTORS

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The Court issues the following tentative ruling for the hearing on March 13, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. regarding the motion for final approval of class action settlement filed by Plaintiffs Ernesto Hernandez. NOTICE:

    Parties requesting the services of a court reporter shall advise the Court at (916) 874-5...

  • LINDA S STAFFORD VS. OAKMONT OF FOLSOM LLC

    Feb 24, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The motion of Plaintiff Linda Stafford ("Plaintiff") for preference under Code of Civ. Proc. § 36(a) is GRANTED.

    To obtain preference under Code of Civ. Proc. § 36(a) a party must be over the age of 70, have a substantial interest in the litigation and suffer from a health condition such that prefe...

  • KHALID BENJAMAA VS. SANJAY PRAKASH

    Feb 24, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Plaintiff Khalid Benjamaa ("Plaintiff") to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the change in status of the case as the result of Plaintiff's involvement in addition...

  • LETITIA SHERWOOD VS. TOWER BRIDGE LOGISTICS, LLC

    Feb 24, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The motion of Defendant Altex Enterprises, Inc. ("Moving Party") to consolidate Letitia Sherwood and Jacob Sherwood v. Tower Bridge Logistics, LLC, et al. (Case No. 34-2017-00221020) and Letitia Sherwood and Jacob Sherwood v. Andrey Pavlovich Lutsuk, et al. (Case No. 34-2017-00221239) is dropped for defect...

  • GISELA HUERTA RIVERA VS. GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The motion of Defendant/Cross-Complainant Danielle Christine Bowen ("Moving Party") to consolidate Gisela Huerta Rivera, et al. v. General Motors, LLC, et al. (Case No. 34-2018-00236432) (the "Rivera Action") and Laneisha Teat, et al. v. Danielle Christine Brown, et al. (Case No. 34-2018-00236316) is DROPP...

  • CHRISTOPHER ATKISSON VS. TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Plaintiff Christopher Atkisson to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation, the need for additional time to complete discovery following the recent appearance of an addition...

  • JOSEPH MOHAMED TRUSTEE VS. CITY OF ELK GROVE

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and the joint motion of the parties to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the need for additional time to complete discovery. The April 8, 2020 MSC and the May 19, 2020 trial dates are vacated. Pursuant to the parties' sti...

  • PETITION OF CHRISTOPHER DINCOGNITO

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Parties requesting a court reporter should contact the courtroom clerk at the number stated above. Please be advised that there will be a $30.00 fee for court reporting services in civil proceedings lasting under one hour. (Govt. Code §68086(a)(1)(A).)

    ...

  • CARL DEXTEER AS TRUSTEE FOR FIST TRUST VS. PAUL FRANK GEORGE

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing, the motion of proposed intervenor Lagunitas, GP ("Lagunitas") to intervene is GRANTED.

    A nonparty may intervene when it claims an interest relating to the property that is the subject of an action and that interest would be impaired or impeded if intervention was denied. (Code...

  • GEORGETTE ROBIN VS. PAULA KILGOUR

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The notice of motion does not provide notice of the Court's tentative ruling system, as required by Local Rule 1.06. Moving counsel is directed to contact the other parties and advise them of Local Rule 1.06 and the Court's tentative ruling procedure and the manner to request a hearing. If moving counsel i...

  • NORTHSTAR EQUITIES, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY VS. CITY OF TREES VENTURES, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    On February 7, 2020, the Court issued an order continuing trial in this commercial unlawful detainer action beyond the 20 day deadline for trial as set forth in Code of Civ. Proc. § 1170.5(a). Accordingly, the Court set this hearing to determine, pursuant to Code of Civ. Proc. § 1170.5(c), to determine the...

  • MELANIE BASS VS. BABAK BOBBY SAADIAN

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The motion of Defendants Babak Bobby Saadian and Wilshire Law Firm ("Defendants") to continue trial is DENIED.

    Defendants seek a continuance on the sole ground that Defendants desire to file a motion for summary judgment ("MSJ") and need additional time to provide the required notice for such a mot...

  • LESLIE BAKEY VS. J PEDRO ZARATE

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The unopposed motion of Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Leslie Bakey and Cross-Defendants Frank Loretz and Gary McEnerney to sever Cross-complainant J. Pedro Zarate's ("Zarate") first amended cross-complaint ("FACC") and to set trial is GRANTED in part, and DENIED in part. The Court grants the request to set tri...

  • MONAE WILLIAMS VS. FAYE WHITE

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Defendant Fay White to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the inability of the parties to complete discovery despite diligent efforts. The February 24, 2020 MSC an...

  • KYRA RITCHIE VS. SUTTER HEALTH

    Feb 18, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The following is a copy of the tentative ruling for the hearing on the Vibra Hospital of Sacramento, LLC ("Vibra") for payment of $796,950 in satisfaction of a lien or, in the alternative, for an order directing the funds remain held in trust until the lien dispute is resolved.

    NOTICE:

    To r...

  • ABDIRAHMAN ABDI VS. ELSA ROMA

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Defendants/Cross-Complainants Elsa Maria Romo-Flores and Leonel Avila Flores to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the desire of the parties to participate in mean...

  • JUSTIN HAMANN VS. MIDTOWN MANOR

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Defendants Midtown Manor, Carter Family Revocable Trust and Tina White, Trustee of Midtown Manor ("Defendants") to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the desire of...

  • JOSHUA COWLEY ON BEHALF OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA VS. PRUDENTIAL SECURITY, INC.

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The notice of motion does not provide notice of the Court's tentative ruling system, as required by Local Rule 1.06. Moving counsel is directed to contact the other parties and advise them of Local Rule 1.06 and the Court's tentative ruling procedure and the manner to request a hearing. If moving counsel i...

  • FREDERICK W STEPHENSON VS. NATHALIE FERN BELDEN

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Defendant Russell W. Carlson ("Moving Party") filed this motion for an order consolidating cases and objecting to settlement. These are two distinct requests for relief that require separate motions and would be considered by separate departments. However, the motion requests consolidation as a precursor t...

  • PAMELA J PALMIERI VS. KAYRINKIA J GILLILAND

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The unopposed motion of proposed intervenor United Law Center ("ULC") to file an answer-in-intervention is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for intervention given the absence of opposition and ULC's claim it has an interest in property that is the subject of a stipulated judgment between others.

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Recent Rulings by Hon. David De Alba

  • KIMBERLY JOY JOHNSON VS. ALUTIIQ, LLC

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Kimberly Joy Johnson, et al. v. Alutiiq, LLC, et al.:

    The Court issues the following tentative ruling for the hearing set for June 19 2020 at 9:30 a.m. regarding the unopposed motion of Plaintiff Kimberly Joy Johnson ("Plaintiff"), as an individual and on behalf of all others similarly situated, fo...

  • ISAIAH WHITE VS. SACRAMENTO REGIONAL TRANSIT DISTRICT

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The Court issues the following tentative ruling for the hearing on June 19, 2020, regarding the motion for final approval of class action settlement filed by Plaintiff Isaiah White, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, and Plaintiffs' motion for attorney fees and costs. No oppositio...

  • REBECCA NISHIMOTO VS. T&S BUSINESS CORPORATION

    Jun 18, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Rebecca Nishimoto v. T&S Business Corp. (34-2017-00211426):

    The Court issues the following tentative ruling for the final fairness hearing set for June 19, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. regarding the unopposed motion of Plaintiff Rebecca Nishimoto ("Plaintiff"), as an individual and on behalf of all others si...

  • FORD MOTOR TRANSMISSION CASES

    Jun 17, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The petition of Defendant Ford Motor Company ("Ford") to compel arbitration in the coordinated actions entitled Matthews v. Ford Motor Co. (Case No. 34-2015-00187000) and Richey v. Ford Motor Co. (Case No. FCS046609) is denied. The Court finds Ford waived the right to arbitration by availing itself of the ...

  • ERNESTO HERNANDEZ VS. ALCO GENERAL CONTRACTORS

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The Court issues the following tentative ruling for the hearing on March 13, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. regarding the motion for final approval of class action settlement filed by Plaintiffs Ernesto Hernandez. NOTICE:

    Parties requesting the services of a court reporter shall advise the Court at (916) 874-5...

  • LINDA S STAFFORD VS. OAKMONT OF FOLSOM LLC

    Feb 24, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The motion of Plaintiff Linda Stafford ("Plaintiff") for preference under Code of Civ. Proc. § 36(a) is GRANTED.

    To obtain preference under Code of Civ. Proc. § 36(a) a party must be over the age of 70, have a substantial interest in the litigation and suffer from a health condition such that prefe...

  • KHALID BENJAMAA VS. SANJAY PRAKASH

    Feb 24, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Plaintiff Khalid Benjamaa ("Plaintiff") to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the change in status of the case as the result of Plaintiff's involvement in addition...

  • LETITIA SHERWOOD VS. TOWER BRIDGE LOGISTICS, LLC

    Feb 24, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The motion of Defendant Altex Enterprises, Inc. ("Moving Party") to consolidate Letitia Sherwood and Jacob Sherwood v. Tower Bridge Logistics, LLC, et al. (Case No. 34-2017-00221020) and Letitia Sherwood and Jacob Sherwood v. Andrey Pavlovich Lutsuk, et al. (Case No. 34-2017-00221239) is dropped for defect...

  • GISELA HUERTA RIVERA VS. GENERAL MOTORS LLC

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The motion of Defendant/Cross-Complainant Danielle Christine Bowen ("Moving Party") to consolidate Gisela Huerta Rivera, et al. v. General Motors, LLC, et al. (Case No. 34-2018-00236432) (the "Rivera Action") and Laneisha Teat, et al. v. Danielle Christine Brown, et al. (Case No. 34-2018-00236316) is DROPP...

  • CHRISTOPHER ATKISSON VS. TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Plaintiff Christopher Atkisson to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation, the need for additional time to complete discovery following the recent appearance of an addition...

  • JOSEPH MOHAMED TRUSTEE VS. CITY OF ELK GROVE

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and the joint motion of the parties to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the need for additional time to complete discovery. The April 8, 2020 MSC and the May 19, 2020 trial dates are vacated. Pursuant to the parties' sti...

  • PETITION OF CHRISTOPHER DINCOGNITO

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Parties requesting a court reporter should contact the courtroom clerk at the number stated above. Please be advised that there will be a $30.00 fee for court reporting services in civil proceedings lasting under one hour. (Govt. Code §68086(a)(1)(A).)

    ...

  • CARL DEXTEER AS TRUSTEE FOR FIST TRUST VS. PAUL FRANK GEORGE

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing, the motion of proposed intervenor Lagunitas, GP ("Lagunitas") to intervene is GRANTED.

    A nonparty may intervene when it claims an interest relating to the property that is the subject of an action and that interest would be impaired or impeded if intervention was denied. (Code...

  • GEORGETTE ROBIN VS. PAULA KILGOUR

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The notice of motion does not provide notice of the Court's tentative ruling system, as required by Local Rule 1.06. Moving counsel is directed to contact the other parties and advise them of Local Rule 1.06 and the Court's tentative ruling procedure and the manner to request a hearing. If moving counsel i...

  • NORTHSTAR EQUITIES, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY VS. CITY OF TREES VENTURES, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    On February 7, 2020, the Court issued an order continuing trial in this commercial unlawful detainer action beyond the 20 day deadline for trial as set forth in Code of Civ. Proc. § 1170.5(a). Accordingly, the Court set this hearing to determine, pursuant to Code of Civ. Proc. § 1170.5(c), to determine the...

  • MELANIE BASS VS. BABAK BOBBY SAADIAN

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The motion of Defendants Babak Bobby Saadian and Wilshire Law Firm ("Defendants") to continue trial is DENIED.

    Defendants seek a continuance on the sole ground that Defendants desire to file a motion for summary judgment ("MSJ") and need additional time to provide the required notice for such a mot...

  • LESLIE BAKEY VS. J PEDRO ZARATE

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The unopposed motion of Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Leslie Bakey and Cross-Defendants Frank Loretz and Gary McEnerney to sever Cross-complainant J. Pedro Zarate's ("Zarate") first amended cross-complaint ("FACC") and to set trial is GRANTED in part, and DENIED in part. The Court grants the request to set tri...

  • MONAE WILLIAMS VS. FAYE WHITE

    Feb 19, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Defendant Fay White to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the inability of the parties to complete discovery despite diligent efforts. The February 24, 2020 MSC an...

  • KYRA RITCHIE VS. SUTTER HEALTH

    Feb 18, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The following is a copy of the tentative ruling for the hearing on the Vibra Hospital of Sacramento, LLC ("Vibra") for payment of $796,950 in satisfaction of a lien or, in the alternative, for an order directing the funds remain held in trust until the lien dispute is resolved.

    NOTICE:

    To r...

  • ABDIRAHMAN ABDI VS. ELSA ROMA

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Defendants/Cross-Complainants Elsa Maria Romo-Flores and Leonel Avila Flores to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the desire of the parties to participate in mean...

  • JUSTIN HAMANN VS. MIDTOWN MANOR

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Good cause appearing and based on the stipulation of the parties, the motion of Defendants Midtown Manor, Carter Family Revocable Trust and Tina White, Trustee of Midtown Manor ("Defendants") to continue trial is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for continuance based on the stipulation and the desire of...

  • JOSHUA COWLEY ON BEHALF OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA VS. PRUDENTIAL SECURITY, INC.

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The notice of motion does not provide notice of the Court's tentative ruling system, as required by Local Rule 1.06. Moving counsel is directed to contact the other parties and advise them of Local Rule 1.06 and the Court's tentative ruling procedure and the manner to request a hearing. If moving counsel i...

  • FREDERICK W STEPHENSON VS. NATHALIE FERN BELDEN

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    Defendant Russell W. Carlson ("Moving Party") filed this motion for an order consolidating cases and objecting to settlement. These are two distinct requests for relief that require separate motions and would be considered by separate departments. However, the motion requests consolidation as a precursor t...

  • PAMELA J PALMIERI VS. KAYRINKIA J GILLILAND

    Feb 13, 2020 |  Sacramento County

    The unopposed motion of proposed intervenor United Law Center ("ULC") to file an answer-in-intervention is GRANTED. The Court finds good cause for intervention given the absence of opposition and ULC's claim it has an interest in property that is the subject of a stipulated judgment between others.

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