The Honorable Earl H. Maas III

San Diego County Superior Court, Department NC-28

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Biography

The Hon. Earl H. Maas III is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Bernard E. Revak.

Maas earned a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. He then received a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Maas pursued a fifteen-year career in legal malpractice defense. He first worked as an associate at Chapin, Shea, McNitt & Carter before becoming a partner at Maas, Miyamoto & Bernstein. He has also worked as a shareholder for Thompson, Alessio, & Maas.

He is registered as a Republican.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Earl H. Maas III

  • PAUL BUSSMANN VS S-H OPCO CARLSBAD LLC

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • EXACT FRAMING INC VS FELAN

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • AMBASSADOR REAL ESTATE INC VS KASHAY

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • STEN VS. VALLECITOS WATER DISTRICT

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • ANNICHARICO VS PALUMBO

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • MICHELLE CARVALHO VS WELK RESORT GROUP

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • TED BENEDICT VS WARD GENERAL BUILDING AND MANAGEMENT

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • MA VS. EQUITY MANAGEMENT INC

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • ILLINOIS MIDWEST INSURANCE AGENCY VS. CHASE

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • FORT VS FCA US LLC

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • PENN VS. LE

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion to compel form interrogatories is denied as moot. Verified responses without objections were served on 2/18/20.

    Plaintiff's request for sanctions is granted in part. While sanctions are mandatory [see CCP § 2030.290(c)], a self-represented party is not entitled to an award of att...

  • PENN VS. LE

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion to compel form interrogatories is denied as moot. Verified responses without objections were served on 2/18/20.

    Plaintiff's request for sanctions is granted in part. While sanctions are mandatory [see CCP § 2030.290(c)], a self-represented party is not entitled to an award of att...

  • MCDONALD VS BENNETT

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The unopposed motion of Michael L. Klein to be relieved as attorney of record for Defendant Adam Francis is granted. Counsel is relieved upon the filing of a proof of service of the signed order upon Defendant.

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  • DOLLANO VS ANTHONY

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The unopposed motion of Defendant Julian Anthony, MD for summary judgment is denied without prejudice as untimely noticed. The notice of motion was required to be served by mail 80 calendar days prior to the hearing – 12/24/20. CCP § 437c(a)(2). The notice of motion was served by mail on 1/3/20, only 70 da...

  • AG MOBILE RESTAURANT CONCEPTS LLC VS PHXCAP II LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The motion of Defendants PhxCap II, LLC and Curtis M. Lockey to change venue is denied as untimely. CCP § 396b. Defendants have cited no persuasive authority in support of their contention that there has not been a waiver of their right to seek a change of venue and that they may bring the motion at any ti...

  • ACUNA VS DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's unopposed motion for preliminary injunction is denied without prejudice. The Court cannot issue a preliminary injunction as to the California Department of Motor Vehicles until it has been served with the summons and complaint and the motion papers at least sixteen court days prior to the heari...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Mar 11, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion for relief from waiver of objections as to request for production of documents is granted. Plaintiff has made a sufficient showing under CCP § 2031.300(a).

    The Court, on its own motion, continues oral argument as to this motion to March 27, 2020, 1:30 pm, Department 28.

    ...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Mar 11, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion for relief from waiver of objections as to special interrogatories is granted. Plaintiff has made a sufficient showing under CCP § 2030.200(a).

    The Court, on its own motion, continues oral argument as to this motion to March 27, 2020, 1:30 pm, Department 28.

    ...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Mar 11, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion for relief from waiver of objections as to request for admissions is granted. Plaintiff has made a sufficient showing under CCP § 2033.280(a).

    The Court, on its own motion, continues oral argument as to this motion to March 27, 2020, 1:30 pm, Department 28.

    ...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Mar 11, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion for relief from waiver of objections as to form interrogatories is granted. Plaintiff has made a sufficient showing under CCP § 2030.290(a).

    The Court, on its own motion, continues oral argument as to this motion to March 27, 2020, 1:30 pm, Department 28.

    ...

  • MARK DUFFER VS SLOUGH

    Mar 04, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction denied. The motion constitutes an improper request for a prejudgment attachment without meeting the requirements for an attachment. Doyka v. Superior Court (1991) 233 Cal.App.3d 1134, 1136.

    ...

  • JERRY GUSTAFSON VS BANK OF AMERICA NA

    Mar 04, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The unopposed motion of Defendants Bank of America, N.A. and SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. for attorney's fees is granted in part. Judicial notice is taken as requested.

    Defendants are entitled to an award of attorney's fees under the attorney's fee provisions of the settlement agreement and the Dee...

  • LINDSAY BARAKETT VS LAWRENCE

    Mar 04, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The motion of Defendants Kevin and Jennifer Lawrence for determination of good faith settlement is granted. Defendants have met their initial burden of establishing that the settlement is within the reasonable range of their proportionate liability and there is no evidence of collusion or fraud. Where the ...

  • LINDSAY BARAKETT VS LAWRENCE

    Mar 04, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The motion of Defendants Kevin and Jennifer Lawrence for determination of good faith settlement is granted. Defendants have met their initial burden of establishing that the settlement is within the reasonable range of their proportionate liability and there is no evidence of collusion or fraud. Where the ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Earl H. Maas III

  • PAUL BUSSMANN VS S-H OPCO CARLSBAD LLC

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • EXACT FRAMING INC VS FELAN

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • AMBASSADOR REAL ESTATE INC VS KASHAY

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • STEN VS. VALLECITOS WATER DISTRICT

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • ANNICHARICO VS PALUMBO

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • MICHELLE CARVALHO VS WELK RESORT GROUP

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • TED BENEDICT VS WARD GENERAL BUILDING AND MANAGEMENT

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • MA VS. EQUITY MANAGEMENT INC

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • ILLINOIS MIDWEST INSURANCE AGENCY VS. CHASE

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • FORT VS FCA US LLC

    Mar 17, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 - April 3, 2020. All civil proceedings will be continued. Upon reopening of the Court, oral arguments will be recalendared.

    ...

  • PENN VS. LE

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion to compel form interrogatories is denied as moot. Verified responses without objections were served on 2/18/20.

    Plaintiff's request for sanctions is granted in part. While sanctions are mandatory [see CCP § 2030.290(c)], a self-represented party is not entitled to an award of att...

  • PENN VS. LE

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion to compel form interrogatories is denied as moot. Verified responses without objections were served on 2/18/20.

    Plaintiff's request for sanctions is granted in part. While sanctions are mandatory [see CCP § 2030.290(c)], a self-represented party is not entitled to an award of att...

  • MCDONALD VS BENNETT

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The unopposed motion of Michael L. Klein to be relieved as attorney of record for Defendant Adam Francis is granted. Counsel is relieved upon the filing of a proof of service of the signed order upon Defendant.

    ...

  • DOLLANO VS ANTHONY

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The unopposed motion of Defendant Julian Anthony, MD for summary judgment is denied without prejudice as untimely noticed. The notice of motion was required to be served by mail 80 calendar days prior to the hearing – 12/24/20. CCP § 437c(a)(2). The notice of motion was served by mail on 1/3/20, only 70 da...

  • AG MOBILE RESTAURANT CONCEPTS LLC VS PHXCAP II LLC

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The motion of Defendants PhxCap II, LLC and Curtis M. Lockey to change venue is denied as untimely. CCP § 396b. Defendants have cited no persuasive authority in support of their contention that there has not been a waiver of their right to seek a change of venue and that they may bring the motion at any ti...

  • ACUNA VS DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES

    Mar 12, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's unopposed motion for preliminary injunction is denied without prejudice. The Court cannot issue a preliminary injunction as to the California Department of Motor Vehicles until it has been served with the summons and complaint and the motion papers at least sixteen court days prior to the heari...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Mar 11, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion for relief from waiver of objections as to request for production of documents is granted. Plaintiff has made a sufficient showing under CCP § 2031.300(a).

    The Court, on its own motion, continues oral argument as to this motion to March 27, 2020, 1:30 pm, Department 28.

    ...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Mar 11, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion for relief from waiver of objections as to special interrogatories is granted. Plaintiff has made a sufficient showing under CCP § 2030.200(a).

    The Court, on its own motion, continues oral argument as to this motion to March 27, 2020, 1:30 pm, Department 28.

    ...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Mar 11, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion for relief from waiver of objections as to request for admissions is granted. Plaintiff has made a sufficient showing under CCP § 2033.280(a).

    The Court, on its own motion, continues oral argument as to this motion to March 27, 2020, 1:30 pm, Department 28.

    ...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Mar 11, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's motion for relief from waiver of objections as to form interrogatories is granted. Plaintiff has made a sufficient showing under CCP § 2030.290(a).

    The Court, on its own motion, continues oral argument as to this motion to March 27, 2020, 1:30 pm, Department 28.

    ...

  • MARK DUFFER VS SLOUGH

    Mar 04, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction denied. The motion constitutes an improper request for a prejudgment attachment without meeting the requirements for an attachment. Doyka v. Superior Court (1991) 233 Cal.App.3d 1134, 1136.

    ...

  • JERRY GUSTAFSON VS BANK OF AMERICA NA

    Mar 04, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The unopposed motion of Defendants Bank of America, N.A. and SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. for attorney's fees is granted in part. Judicial notice is taken as requested.

    Defendants are entitled to an award of attorney's fees under the attorney's fee provisions of the settlement agreement and the Dee...

  • LINDSAY BARAKETT VS LAWRENCE

    Mar 04, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The motion of Defendants Kevin and Jennifer Lawrence for determination of good faith settlement is granted. Defendants have met their initial burden of establishing that the settlement is within the reasonable range of their proportionate liability and there is no evidence of collusion or fraud. Where the ...

  • LINDSAY BARAKETT VS LAWRENCE

    Mar 04, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The motion of Defendants Kevin and Jennifer Lawrence for determination of good faith settlement is granted. Defendants have met their initial burden of establishing that the settlement is within the reasonable range of their proportionate liability and there is no evidence of collusion or fraud. Where the ...

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