The Honorable Diane M. Price

Napa County Superior Court, Department retired

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Biography

The Hon. Diane M. Price (Ret.) was a judge for the Napa County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. W. Scott Snowden (Ret.). She retired from the bench in 2019.

She was registered as a Democrat.

Price graduated with her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Price served as a town attorney for Yountville, and a city attorney for St. Helena and Napa, while also partnering at the law firm Coombs and Dunlap LLP for twenty-six years. During her time in private practice, Price specialized in civil litigation and municipal law. Her civil litigation practice emphasized personal injury, real estate, business, land use, and contract issues.

During her tenure as a Superior Court judge, Price served as a Supervising Judge of the Family Law, Juvenile, Appellate, Civil, and Criminal Divisions. She was also elected to serve as the Presiding Judge of the Court from 2011 to 2013. Price served five years as a Napa County Grand Jury judicial liaison.

She served as the past-president of the Napa Emergency Women's Services. Her other memberships included the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorney's of California, the Napa County Legal Assistance, and the Napa Valley Private Industry Council.

In her free time, Price enjoys traveling, bicycling, and playing tennis.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Diane M. Price

  • DEBORAH ANN OUCHIE V. JANICE P. WRIGHT

    Jan 31, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) DEMURRER OF DEFENDANT JANICE P. WRIGHT TO PLAINTIFF DEBORAH
    ANN OUCHIE’S FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendant Janice P. Wright demurrers to seven of eight causes of action in Plaintiff Deborah Ann Ouchie’s First Amended Complaint (FAC).1 Defendant’s demurrer to Plaintiff’s firs...

  • ESTATE OF KENNETH ALAN BROOKS

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) MOTION TO ENJOIN THE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED
    (2) REPORT OF SALE AND PETITION FOR ORDER CONFIRMING SALE OF REAL
    PROPERTY
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED
    In the Matter of the Joseph DeScala, Sr. and Mildred DeScala 1995

    ...

  • MIKE TIMMONS, ET AL. V. KONECRANES, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    DEMURRER TO THE SECOND AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT
    TENTATIVE RULING: Cross-defendant Nova Group, Inc.’s (NGI) demurrer to the
    first cause of action for express indemnity on the ground of uncertainty is OVERRULED. An uncertainty demurrer is strictly construed, even where a pleading is in some respects...

  • REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST AGREEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 14, 1995

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR INSTRUCTIONS RE MODIFICATION OF FAMILY TRUST
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition.

    ...

  • MAGDELLYN KELLOGG V. TINA L. HUFF, ET AL.

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    MOTION FOR ORDER COMPELLING FURTHER RESPONSES TO INTERROGATORIES
    AND FOR SANCTIONS
    TENTATIVE RULING: Plaintiff moves for an order compelling Defendant Tina L.
    Huff (Huff) to provide further responses to interrogatories and for sanctions. Plaintiff served the subject interrogatories in July, ...

  • ESTATE OF ELDON SELLERS

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    AMENDED FIRST AND FINAL ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF EXECUTOR AND
    PETITION FOR FINAL DISTRIBUTION
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition.

    ...

  • VALLI CONSTRUCTION, INC., V. WILLIAM KASTNER, ET AL.

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Napa County

    DEFENDANTS WILLIAM KASTNER’S, AND MIMI A. NELSON’S MOTION TO
    EXPUNGE LIS PENDENS
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendants’ Motion to Expunge Lis Pendens is DENIED.
    Preliminarily, the Court hereby strikes the Supplemental Declaration of Darin T. Judd in Support of Motion to Expunge Is Pendens and the Sup...

  • ESTATE OF JAMES R. HUNT

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Napa County

    FIRST AND FINAL ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF ADMINISTRATOR WITH WILL
    ANNEXED AND PETITION FOR ITS SETTLEMENT, FOR CONFIRMATION OF
    REIMBURSEMENTS MADE BY THE ADMINISTRATOR AND FOR ADVANCE
    DISTRIBUTIONS MADE TO BENEFICIARY, FOR ALLOWANCE OF COMPENSATION
    TO THE ADMINISTRATOR AND ATTORNEY FOR ORDI...

  • ESTATE OF RALPH EDWARD SCHROEDER

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND FOR LETTERS TESTAMENTARY
    AND AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT
    ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT
    TENTATIVE RULING: Petitioner did not comply with Probate Code section 8200,
    subdivision (a)(1), by delivering the original will to the clerk. Thu...

  • ESTATE OF SANFORD ARNOLD WRIGHT

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION AND AUTHORIZATION TO
    ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, as modified on January 16, 2019.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF IVA GIEFFELS

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to March 8, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in
    Dept. B to allow the conservator to file the Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341). This is the second continuance. The clerk is directed to send notice to the parties.

    ...

  • ASHLEY D’ADAMO, ET AL. V. JOSE CASTRO, ET AL.

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Napa County

    PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO VACATE AND SET ASIDE DISMISSAL OF THE ACTION
    FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR
    TENTATIVE RULING: Plaintiff’s Motion to Vacate and Set Aside Dismissal of the Action for Failure to Appear is DENIED.
    No proof of service is on file for Defendant Maria Castro.
    No proof of service i...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF WILLIAMS, D.

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to March 8, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in
    Dept. B to allow the co-conservators to file Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341), mailed to the relatives of the conservatee within the second degree. The clerk is directed to send...

  • MARY DOE V. NAPA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST., ET AL.

    Jan 24, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) STATUS OF APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED
    (2) MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, SUMMARY
    ADJUDICATION
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendant Gregory Sadler’s motion for summary judgment or,
    in the alternative, summary adjudication as to the third caus...

  • JOANA DAVID V. QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, ET AL.

    Jan 24, 2019 |  Napa County

    DEFENDANT QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER’S MOTION FOR
    SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, SUMMARY ADJUDICATION
    TENTATIVE RULING: Plaintiff’s request that the Court deny or continue Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication pursuant to Code of Ci...

  • IN THE MATTER OF BRANDON TREVELL GREEN-BENNETT

    Jan 23, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
    TENTATIVE RULING: There is no proof of publication in the Court file. If one is filed before the hearing, the petition will be GRANTED without need for appearance. If no proof of publication is filed, the petition will be DENIED without prejudice.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF EVELYN MARIE TALBOTT

    Jan 23, 2019 |  Napa County

    STATUS REVIEW: VERIFICATION OF MONEY IN BLOCKED ACCOUNT
    TENTATIVE RULING: The Court received the acknowledgment for the deposit of
    money into blocked accounts for the minors. The matter is taken off calendar. No appearances are required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JOHANNA EGGERT

    Jan 23, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to February 22, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. B to allow the co-conservators to file Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341) and Determination of Conservatee’s Appropriate Level of Care (Judicial Council Form GC-355). This is...

  • IN THE MATTER OF ELIZABETH ANN KAHIGA

    Jan 22, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
    TENTATIVE RULING: There is no proof of publication in the court file. If one is filed before the hearing, the petition will be GRANTED without need for appearance. If no proof of publication is filed, the petition will be DENIED without prejudice.

    ...

  • IN THE MATTER OF MARGARET BOITANO SURVIVOR TRUST

    Jan 18, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR ORDER: (1) APPROVING SECOND ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF CO-
    TRUSTEES; (2) APPROVING PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY’S FEES; (3) APPROVING
    PRELIMINARY DISTRIBUTIONS TO BENEFICIARIES; AND (4) APPROVING
    PROPOSED FINAL DISTRIBUTION OF TRUST ASSETS
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JUDITH R SIMMONS

    Jan 18, 2019 |  Napa County

    FIRST ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF CONSERVATOR; PETITION FOR ALLOWANCE OF
    FEES TO CONSERVATOR OF ESTATE AND ATTORNEY FOR CONSERVATOR
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed. After a review of the matter, the Court finds the conservator is acting in the best interest of the conservatee...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF IVAN AVINA

    Jan 18, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed. After a review of the matter, the Court finds the conservator is acting in the best interest of the conservatee. Thus, the matter is set for a biennial review hearing and an accounting in two years on January 15, 2021, at 8:30 ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF GARRETT DEE COLLINS

    Jan 17, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: After a review of the matter, the Court finds the conservator is acting in the best interest of the conservatee. Thus, the case is set for a biennial review hearing in two years, on January 19, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. B. The court investigator shall prepare a bienn...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF HANNAH DRESCHER

    Jan 17, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) MOTION TO COMPEL COMPLIANCE WITH COURT ORDER RE VISITATION
    TENTATIVE RULING: Petitioner Delene Drescher’s motion is DENIED. The Court
    (Hon. Wood) already found that while the letters of conservatorship reflect the condition that Drescher have visitation with the conservatee no less than 6 day...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Diane M. Price

  • DEBORAH ANN OUCHIE V. JANICE P. WRIGHT

    Jan 31, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) DEMURRER OF DEFENDANT JANICE P. WRIGHT TO PLAINTIFF DEBORAH
    ANN OUCHIE’S FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendant Janice P. Wright demurrers to seven of eight causes of action in Plaintiff Deborah Ann Ouchie’s First Amended Complaint (FAC).1 Defendant’s demurrer to Plaintiff’s firs...

  • ESTATE OF KENNETH ALAN BROOKS

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) MOTION TO ENJOIN THE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED
    (2) REPORT OF SALE AND PETITION FOR ORDER CONFIRMING SALE OF REAL
    PROPERTY
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED
    In the Matter of the Joseph DeScala, Sr. and Mildred DeScala 1995

    ...

  • MIKE TIMMONS, ET AL. V. KONECRANES, INC., ET AL.

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    DEMURRER TO THE SECOND AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT
    TENTATIVE RULING: Cross-defendant Nova Group, Inc.’s (NGI) demurrer to the
    first cause of action for express indemnity on the ground of uncertainty is OVERRULED. An uncertainty demurrer is strictly construed, even where a pleading is in some respects...

  • REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST AGREEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 14, 1995

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR INSTRUCTIONS RE MODIFICATION OF FAMILY TRUST
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition.

    ...

  • MAGDELLYN KELLOGG V. TINA L. HUFF, ET AL.

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    MOTION FOR ORDER COMPELLING FURTHER RESPONSES TO INTERROGATORIES
    AND FOR SANCTIONS
    TENTATIVE RULING: Plaintiff moves for an order compelling Defendant Tina L.
    Huff (Huff) to provide further responses to interrogatories and for sanctions. Plaintiff served the subject interrogatories in July, ...

  • ESTATE OF ELDON SELLERS

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Napa County

    AMENDED FIRST AND FINAL ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF EXECUTOR AND
    PETITION FOR FINAL DISTRIBUTION
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition.

    ...

  • VALLI CONSTRUCTION, INC., V. WILLIAM KASTNER, ET AL.

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Napa County

    DEFENDANTS WILLIAM KASTNER’S, AND MIMI A. NELSON’S MOTION TO
    EXPUNGE LIS PENDENS
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendants’ Motion to Expunge Lis Pendens is DENIED.
    Preliminarily, the Court hereby strikes the Supplemental Declaration of Darin T. Judd in Support of Motion to Expunge Is Pendens and the Sup...

  • ESTATE OF JAMES R. HUNT

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Napa County

    FIRST AND FINAL ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF ADMINISTRATOR WITH WILL
    ANNEXED AND PETITION FOR ITS SETTLEMENT, FOR CONFIRMATION OF
    REIMBURSEMENTS MADE BY THE ADMINISTRATOR AND FOR ADVANCE
    DISTRIBUTIONS MADE TO BENEFICIARY, FOR ALLOWANCE OF COMPENSATION
    TO THE ADMINISTRATOR AND ATTORNEY FOR ORDI...

  • ESTATE OF RALPH EDWARD SCHROEDER

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND FOR LETTERS TESTAMENTARY
    AND AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT
    ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT
    TENTATIVE RULING: Petitioner did not comply with Probate Code section 8200,
    subdivision (a)(1), by delivering the original will to the clerk. Thu...

  • ESTATE OF SANFORD ARNOLD WRIGHT

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION AND AUTHORIZATION TO
    ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, as modified on January 16, 2019.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF IVA GIEFFELS

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to March 8, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in
    Dept. B to allow the conservator to file the Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341). This is the second continuance. The clerk is directed to send notice to the parties.

    ...

  • ASHLEY D’ADAMO, ET AL. V. JOSE CASTRO, ET AL.

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Napa County

    PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO VACATE AND SET ASIDE DISMISSAL OF THE ACTION
    FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR
    TENTATIVE RULING: Plaintiff’s Motion to Vacate and Set Aside Dismissal of the Action for Failure to Appear is DENIED.
    No proof of service is on file for Defendant Maria Castro.
    No proof of service i...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF WILLIAMS, D.

    Jan 25, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to March 8, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in
    Dept. B to allow the co-conservators to file Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341), mailed to the relatives of the conservatee within the second degree. The clerk is directed to send...

  • MARY DOE V. NAPA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST., ET AL.

    Jan 24, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) STATUS OF APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM
    APPEARANCE REQUIRED
    (2) MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, SUMMARY
    ADJUDICATION
    TENTATIVE RULING: Defendant Gregory Sadler’s motion for summary judgment or,
    in the alternative, summary adjudication as to the third caus...

  • JOANA DAVID V. QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, ET AL.

    Jan 24, 2019 |  Napa County

    DEFENDANT QUEEN OF THE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER’S MOTION FOR
    SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, SUMMARY ADJUDICATION
    TENTATIVE RULING: Plaintiff’s request that the Court deny or continue Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Summary Adjudication pursuant to Code of Ci...

  • IN THE MATTER OF BRANDON TREVELL GREEN-BENNETT

    Jan 23, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
    TENTATIVE RULING: There is no proof of publication in the Court file. If one is filed before the hearing, the petition will be GRANTED without need for appearance. If no proof of publication is filed, the petition will be DENIED without prejudice.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF EVELYN MARIE TALBOTT

    Jan 23, 2019 |  Napa County

    STATUS REVIEW: VERIFICATION OF MONEY IN BLOCKED ACCOUNT
    TENTATIVE RULING: The Court received the acknowledgment for the deposit of
    money into blocked accounts for the minors. The matter is taken off calendar. No appearances are required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JOHANNA EGGERT

    Jan 23, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: The matter is continued to February 22, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. B to allow the co-conservators to file Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Judicial Council form GC-341) and Determination of Conservatee’s Appropriate Level of Care (Judicial Council Form GC-355). This is...

  • IN THE MATTER OF ELIZABETH ANN KAHIGA

    Jan 22, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
    TENTATIVE RULING: There is no proof of publication in the court file. If one is filed before the hearing, the petition will be GRANTED without need for appearance. If no proof of publication is filed, the petition will be DENIED without prejudice.

    ...

  • IN THE MATTER OF MARGARET BOITANO SURVIVOR TRUST

    Jan 18, 2019 |  Napa County

    PETITION FOR ORDER: (1) APPROVING SECOND ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF CO-
    TRUSTEES; (2) APPROVING PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY’S FEES; (3) APPROVING
    PRELIMINARY DISTRIBUTIONS TO BENEFICIARIES; AND (4) APPROVING
    PROPOSED FINAL DISTRIBUTION OF TRUST ASSETS
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JUDITH R SIMMONS

    Jan 18, 2019 |  Napa County

    FIRST ACCOUNT AND REPORT OF CONSERVATOR; PETITION FOR ALLOWANCE OF
    FEES TO CONSERVATOR OF ESTATE AND ATTORNEY FOR CONSERVATOR
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed. After a review of the matter, the Court finds the conservator is acting in the best interest of the conservatee...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF IVAN AVINA

    Jan 18, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: GRANT petition, including fees as prayed. After a review of the matter, the Court finds the conservator is acting in the best interest of the conservatee. Thus, the matter is set for a biennial review hearing and an accounting in two years on January 15, 2021, at 8:30 ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF GARRETT DEE COLLINS

    Jan 17, 2019 |  Napa County

    REVIEW HEARING
    TENTATIVE RULING: After a review of the matter, the Court finds the conservator is acting in the best interest of the conservatee. Thus, the case is set for a biennial review hearing in two years, on January 19, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. B. The court investigator shall prepare a bienn...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF HANNAH DRESCHER

    Jan 17, 2019 |  Napa County

    (1) MOTION TO COMPEL COMPLIANCE WITH COURT ORDER RE VISITATION
    TENTATIVE RULING: Petitioner Delene Drescher’s motion is DENIED. The Court
    (Hon. Wood) already found that while the letters of conservatorship reflect the condition that Drescher have visitation with the conservatee no less than 6 day...

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