The Honorable David R. Chaffee

Orange County Superior Court, Department C20

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Biography

The Hon. David R. Chaffee is a judge of the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed to the Municipal Court of Orange County by former Governor Pete Wilson on January 4, 1994. He was then elevated to the Superior Court of Orange County on January 8, 1997, filling a newly created position.

Chaffee attended California State University, Long Beach, where he earned a B.A. in history in 1969. He briefly attended the University of Arizona School of Law in 1970, eventually completing a J.D. at Loyola University School of Law in 1973.

Chaffee began his legal career in 1974. He served as deputy attorney general for the Criminal Division of the California State Department of Justice. Four years later he joined the County of Orange as deputy county counsel, advancing to senior deputy county counsel by the time of his appointment to the Municipal Court of Orange County. During his time with the County of Orange, he specialized in probate, tax litigation, and environmental and land use litigation.

He enjoys reading, walking, camping, and sailing.

Recent Rulings by Hon. David R. Chaffee

  • NEDERLANDER VS IVERSON YOAKUM PAPIANO & HATCH

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Charging Order The Motion for Charging Order filed by Plaintiff/Judgment Creditor Scott Nederlander (“Plaintiff”) is DENIED without prejudice. As a preliminary matter, Plaintiff has failed to present evidence to show that service was duly effectuated on the judgment debtor and each of the entiti...

  • ALI VS HSU

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Continue Trial The Motion to Continue Trial, filed by Plaintiffs, and in which all parties have joined, is GRANTED. It appears that the interests of justice are best served by granting the requested continuance. The trial date is continued to May 13, 2019, along with all related dates. The MSC da...

  • NMT, LLC VS C.E.C.W

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Off Calendar

    ...

  • VALADEZ VS COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Set Aside Dismissal This is a premises liability action. According to plaintiff, he slipped and fell traversing a sidewalk in front of the Costco in Tustin in January of this year. Before the Court this day is a motion by plaintiff to set aside a dismissal entered after counsel’s repeated failure...

  • WILLIAMS VS 99 CENTS ONLY STORES

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Quash Discovery Subpoenas Plaintiff Ken Williams’s motion for an order to quash and/or modify the following ten discovery subpoenas is denied: (1) Ahmad Hajj, M.D.; (2) Ahmad Hajj, M.D. c/o Solutions Health Care; (3) Anaheim Advanced Imaging c/o Radnet Management, Inc.; (4) Anaheim Advanced Imagi...

  • SUN MAITA, INC. VS MAITA

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement This is the hearing of Defendant Oh’s motion for a determination that the settlement reached between Plaintiffs and Defendant Oh is a good faith settlement under CCP § 877.6. Before the merits can be reached, the Court requires the issue of service to be ad...

  • GONZALEZ VS CEDAR FAIR LP

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to be Relieved as Counsel The Court is inclined to GRANT the Motion to be Relieved as Counsel of Record, filed by Deon Goldschmidt of Deon S. Goldschmidt Attorneys as to the representation of Plaintiff Roberto Gonzalez. However, moving counsel failed to file a proof of service for the Motion. If cou...

  • SIKANDER VS MARTINEZ

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Compel Depo of Plaintiff Based on the Court’s reading of the deposition notices in the moving Exhibit A, the discovery was propounded on behalf of Defendant [singular] Johnny Martinez. (See Movg. Exh. A, at 1:5 of each Notice.) Therefore, the motion is properly brought by Defendant Martinez, as t...

  • ZAGER VS HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    1) MTC RFA; 2) MTC RFP; 3) MTC SPROGS; 4) MTC FROGS; 5) Motion Regarding Contempt and Request for Sanctions; and 6) Motion for Protective Order A) Motions to Compel FROG, SPROG, RFP, and Deem RFAs Admitted Hyundai Motor America’s (“Defendant”) unopposed Motions to Compel responses to sets one of Form Inter...

  • YOUNG VS HSBC BANK USA, AN US CORPORATION

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Reconsideration This is a tort claim (fraud and false imprisonment) stemming from a misunderstanding at a bank. Before the Court this day is a request by plaintiff to revisit and reconsider an order this Court made on 10/05/18. The motion is poorly framed, leaving this Court to guess at just wha...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. David R. Chaffee

  • NEDERLANDER VS IVERSON YOAKUM PAPIANO & HATCH

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Charging Order The Motion for Charging Order filed by Plaintiff/Judgment Creditor Scott Nederlander (“Plaintiff”) is DENIED without prejudice. As a preliminary matter, Plaintiff has failed to present evidence to show that service was duly effectuated on the judgment debtor and each of the entiti...

  • ALI VS HSU

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Continue Trial The Motion to Continue Trial, filed by Plaintiffs, and in which all parties have joined, is GRANTED. It appears that the interests of justice are best served by granting the requested continuance. The trial date is continued to May 13, 2019, along with all related dates. The MSC da...

  • NMT, LLC VS C.E.C.W

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Off Calendar

    ...

  • VALADEZ VS COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Set Aside Dismissal This is a premises liability action. According to plaintiff, he slipped and fell traversing a sidewalk in front of the Costco in Tustin in January of this year. Before the Court this day is a motion by plaintiff to set aside a dismissal entered after counsel’s repeated failure...

  • WILLIAMS VS 99 CENTS ONLY STORES

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Quash Discovery Subpoenas Plaintiff Ken Williams’s motion for an order to quash and/or modify the following ten discovery subpoenas is denied: (1) Ahmad Hajj, M.D.; (2) Ahmad Hajj, M.D. c/o Solutions Health Care; (3) Anaheim Advanced Imaging c/o Radnet Management, Inc.; (4) Anaheim Advanced Imagi...

  • SUN MAITA, INC. VS MAITA

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement This is the hearing of Defendant Oh’s motion for a determination that the settlement reached between Plaintiffs and Defendant Oh is a good faith settlement under CCP § 877.6. Before the merits can be reached, the Court requires the issue of service to be ad...

  • GONZALEZ VS CEDAR FAIR LP

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to be Relieved as Counsel The Court is inclined to GRANT the Motion to be Relieved as Counsel of Record, filed by Deon Goldschmidt of Deon S. Goldschmidt Attorneys as to the representation of Plaintiff Roberto Gonzalez. However, moving counsel failed to file a proof of service for the Motion. If cou...

  • SIKANDER VS MARTINEZ

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion to Compel Depo of Plaintiff Based on the Court’s reading of the deposition notices in the moving Exhibit A, the discovery was propounded on behalf of Defendant [singular] Johnny Martinez. (See Movg. Exh. A, at 1:5 of each Notice.) Therefore, the motion is properly brought by Defendant Martinez, as t...

  • ZAGER VS HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    1) MTC RFA; 2) MTC RFP; 3) MTC SPROGS; 4) MTC FROGS; 5) Motion Regarding Contempt and Request for Sanctions; and 6) Motion for Protective Order A) Motions to Compel FROG, SPROG, RFP, and Deem RFAs Admitted Hyundai Motor America’s (“Defendant”) unopposed Motions to Compel responses to sets one of Form Inter...

  • YOUNG VS HSBC BANK USA, AN US CORPORATION

    Dec 21, 2018 |  Judge David R. Chaffee |  Orange County, CA

    Motion for Reconsideration This is a tort claim (fraud and false imprisonment) stemming from a misunderstanding at a bank. Before the Court this day is a request by plaintiff to revisit and reconsider an order this Court made on 10/05/18. The motion is poorly framed, leaving this Court to guess at just wha...

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