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

  • DOLLANO VS ANTHONY

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The unopposed motion of Defendant Julian Anthony for an order deeming matters admitted is granted. Plaintiff shall pay monetary sanctions in the amount of $800 for 4 hours @ $200. The Court may award sanctions in favor of a party who files a motion to compel discovery, even though no opposition was filed o...

  • DOLLANO VS ANTHONY

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The unopposed motion of Defendant Julian Anthony for an order deeming matters admitted is granted. Plaintiff shall pay monetary sanctions in the amount of $800 for 4 hours @ $200. The Court may award sanctions in favor of a party who files a motion to compel discovery, even though no opposition was filed o...

  • WU VS WU

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The demurrer of Defendants Shun-Shou Wu and Fang-Luan Wu to the original complaint is moot in light of the filing of a first amended complaint on 10/10/19. The hearing is continued to December 13, 2019. At oral argument on 9/27/19, the Court granted leave for all Defendants to amend their demurrers to addr...

  • ANNICHARICO VS PALUMBO

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion of Defendant Philip Palumbo, Sr. for leave to file a first amended cross-complaint is granted. The Court's discretion must be exercised liberally to permit amendments. Hirsa v. Superior Court (1981) 118 Cal.App.3d 486. If a motion is timely made and the granting of the motion will not prejudice ...

  • CULMONE VS M2 INGREDIENTS INC

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    Plaintiffs' and Defendants' joint motion for approval of representative action settlement is granted. Labor Code § § 2699(l)(2). The case is placed on the 45-day dismissal calendar. CRC § 3.1385(b). All dates are vacated. A dismissal shall be filed by 12/2/19.

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  • RANCHO SANTE FE COVENANT VS RANCHO SANTA FE ASSOCIATION

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    Plaintiff's motion to tax costs is granted. The e-filing costs are not recoverable pursuant to CCP § 1033.5(a)(14). The mediation costs were not reasonably necessary as ADR was not mandatory pursuant to Civil Code § 5930(d). The instant action constitutes an "assessment dispute" in that it seeks to invalid...

  • FREE ATM LLC VS MORALES

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion of John Malki and Goode, Hemme & Barger, APC to be relieved as attorneys of record for Plaintiff Free ATM, LLC is granted. Counsel is relieved upon the filing of a proof of service of the Court's signed order upon Plaintiff. The Court sets an order to show cause hearing for Plaintiff to show cau...

  • ANCHOR BAY CAPITAL VS FURNITURE SOLUTIONS NOW

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    Defendants Total Office Solutions, LLP dba Corporate Source and Furniture Solutions Now, Ltd.'s motion to quash service of summons pursuant to CCP § 418.10(a)(1) is granted. A defendant can be subjected to either general or specific jurisdiction. In both cases, however, the plaintiff bears the burden of de...

  • RANCHO SANTE FE COVENANT VS RANCHO SANTA FE ASSOCIATION

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    Defendant's motion for attorney's fees is granted. Attorney's fees are recoverable pursuant to Civil Code § 5975(c) in an action to enforce the governing documents. "Enforcement action" is defined in Civil Code § 5925 to include a civil action for (3) enforcement of the governing documents. The complaint a...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The Court issues the following ruling on the demurrer of Defendants MERS, Bank of New York Mellon ("BNYM") and Bayview Servicing LLC ("Bayview"): The demurrer to causes of action 1-3, 5 and 8-10 is sustained without leave to amend. The demurrer to the fourth and sixth causes of action is sustained without ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Earl H. Maas III

  • DOLLANO VS ANTHONY

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The unopposed motion of Defendant Julian Anthony for an order deeming matters admitted is granted. Plaintiff shall pay monetary sanctions in the amount of $800 for 4 hours @ $200. The Court may award sanctions in favor of a party who files a motion to compel discovery, even though no opposition was filed o...

  • DOLLANO VS ANTHONY

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The unopposed motion of Defendant Julian Anthony for an order deeming matters admitted is granted. Plaintiff shall pay monetary sanctions in the amount of $800 for 4 hours @ $200. The Court may award sanctions in favor of a party who files a motion to compel discovery, even though no opposition was filed o...

  • WU VS WU

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The demurrer of Defendants Shun-Shou Wu and Fang-Luan Wu to the original complaint is moot in light of the filing of a first amended complaint on 10/10/19. The hearing is continued to December 13, 2019. At oral argument on 9/27/19, the Court granted leave for all Defendants to amend their demurrers to addr...

  • ANNICHARICO VS PALUMBO

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion of Defendant Philip Palumbo, Sr. for leave to file a first amended cross-complaint is granted. The Court's discretion must be exercised liberally to permit amendments. Hirsa v. Superior Court (1981) 118 Cal.App.3d 486. If a motion is timely made and the granting of the motion will not prejudice ...

  • CULMONE VS M2 INGREDIENTS INC

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    Plaintiffs' and Defendants' joint motion for approval of representative action settlement is granted. Labor Code § § 2699(l)(2). The case is placed on the 45-day dismissal calendar. CRC § 3.1385(b). All dates are vacated. A dismissal shall be filed by 12/2/19.

    ...

  • RANCHO SANTE FE COVENANT VS RANCHO SANTA FE ASSOCIATION

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    Plaintiff's motion to tax costs is granted. The e-filing costs are not recoverable pursuant to CCP § 1033.5(a)(14). The mediation costs were not reasonably necessary as ADR was not mandatory pursuant to Civil Code § 5930(d). The instant action constitutes an "assessment dispute" in that it seeks to invalid...

  • FREE ATM LLC VS MORALES

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The motion of John Malki and Goode, Hemme & Barger, APC to be relieved as attorneys of record for Plaintiff Free ATM, LLC is granted. Counsel is relieved upon the filing of a proof of service of the Court's signed order upon Plaintiff. The Court sets an order to show cause hearing for Plaintiff to show cau...

  • ANCHOR BAY CAPITAL VS FURNITURE SOLUTIONS NOW

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    Defendants Total Office Solutions, LLP dba Corporate Source and Furniture Solutions Now, Ltd.'s motion to quash service of summons pursuant to CCP § 418.10(a)(1) is granted. A defendant can be subjected to either general or specific jurisdiction. In both cases, however, the plaintiff bears the burden of de...

  • RANCHO SANTE FE COVENANT VS RANCHO SANTA FE ASSOCIATION

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    Defendant's motion for attorney's fees is granted. Attorney's fees are recoverable pursuant to Civil Code § 5975(c) in an action to enforce the governing documents. "Enforcement action" is defined in Civil Code § 5925 to include a civil action for (3) enforcement of the governing documents. The complaint a...

  • GONZALES VS. MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEM INC

    Oct 16, 2019 |  Judge Earl H. Maas III |  San Diego County, CA

    The Court issues the following ruling on the demurrer of Defendants MERS, Bank of New York Mellon ("BNYM") and Bayview Servicing LLC ("Bayview"): The demurrer to causes of action 1-3, 5 and 8-10 is sustained without leave to amend. The demurrer to the fourth and sixth causes of action is sustained without ...

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