The Honorable James L. Stoelker

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 74

Biography

The Hon. James L. Stoelker is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. James C. Emerson.

Stoelker earned a B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1971. He then continued his studies there, completing a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1974.

He began his legal career as an associate at Atwood & Hurst in 1974. The following year, he left the firm and joined Western Title Insurance, where he worked as a staff litigation attorney for the next seven years. Then, in 1983, he accepted a position with Garrison, Townsend & Orser as a partner. His time there would be brief, as he quickly moved to Eller, Burt & Stoelker. He worked there as a partner for the next three years, eventually leaving for another brief stint as a partner at Mount, Kraw & Stoelker. Then, just prior to his appointment to the bench, he was principal for Mount & Stoelker. He held this position for twelve years, specializing in title insurance and real property litigation.

His memberships have included the Santa Clara Bar Association as well as the California Land Title Association.

Stoelker was born in Los Angeles, California.

He is registered as a Republican.

Recent Rulings by Hon. James L. Stoelker

  • GOLDEN BAY MACHINING, INC. V. 801 BOGGS, LLC

    Oct 04, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    and 13

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Golden Bay Machining, Inc. (“GB Machining”) operated a machine shop at 1466 Seareel Place in San Jose, California (the “Property”), which it purportedly leased from defendant 801 Boggs, LLC (“Boggs”). GB Machining alleges it paid rent in December 2016 and Janu...

  • SAN JOSE NIHONMACHI, LLC V. MIRAIDO CORP., ET AL.

    Oct 04, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This action arises from a dispute over a real estate development project and the settlement of a previous lawsuit amongst the parties, namely plaintiff San Jose Nihonmachi, LLC (“Plaintiff”) and defendants Miraido Corporation, Yoshihiro Uchida, Japantown Development, L.P., AFE Urban, ...

  • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, EX REL., ET AL. V. SAN JOSE YANG, LLC, ET AL.

    Oct 04, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    & 4

    Defendants San Jose Yang, LLC (the “LLC”) and Shufei Yang (“Yang”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiffs the City of San Jose (the “City”) and the People of the State of California, by and through the City Attorney for the City of San Jose...

  • BRIAN SILIN VS FORD MOTOR COMPANY

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Brian Silin vs. Ford Motor Company, et al.

    Plaintiff Brian Silin is the prevailing party, and is entitled to costs and reasonable attorney fees. Civil Code section 1794(d) of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (“the Act”) mandates an award of attorney fees to a prevailing buyer which includes c...

  • HOVER V. HANNON, ET AL.

    Jul 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Greenfield Draa & Harrington (the “Greenfield Firm”) and Brian Hannon (“Hannon”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the second amended complaint (“SAC”) filed by plaintiff Wade H. Hover, Trustee of the Wade H. Hover Family Trust (“Plaintiff” or “Hover”).

    I. Factual and Procedural Back...

  • WONDERWORKS, PTE, LTD VS HP ENTERPRISE SERVICES, LLC, ET AL

    Jul 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    The motion of Hewlett-Packard company, et al, is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. Defendant’s motion to compel Plaintiff Wonderworks PTE to identify all documents produced under AEO designation that have been disclosed to non-Qualified Persons is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall serve written disclosure of all ...

  • APTFRAME, INC., ET AL. V. JANE VAILLANCOURT, ET AL.

    Jul 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court is the motion by defendants Jane Vaillancourt (“Vaillancourt”) and NetApp, Inc. (“NetApp”) (collectively, “NetApp Defendants”) for summary adjudication of the fourth cause of action of the fifth amended complaint (“5AC”) of plaintiffs APTFrame, Inc. (“APTFrame”) and Vaughn Paladi...

  • SILVERMAN V. FAMILY MATTERS IN-HOME CARE, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 17, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Family Matters In-Home Care, LLC (“FMIHC”), Carol Pardue, Jacob Laffen, James Laffen and Marcus Laffen (collectively, “Defendants”) move to strike the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Kenneth Silverman (“Plaintiff”) in its entirety pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16. Al...

  • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA V. $1,395.18 OF U.S. CURRENCY

    Jul 17, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background and Procedural History

    This is an asset forfeiture proceeding, which is a civil, in rem proceeding to determine whether the government may retain title to property seized in connection with an arrest (Cuevas v. Super. Ct. (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 1312, 1320-21).

    This proceeding ...

  • ROBERT NINO, ET AL. V. PROMENADE, L.P., ET AL.

    Jul 12, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court are the demurrer and motion to strike by defendant Suerte Holdings, LLC (“Suerte”).

    Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an action for declaratory relief and interference with contractual relations. On December 2, 2010, a judgment was entered in favor of defe...

  • BENJAMIN CRUZ V. GREAT NORTHERN EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTING, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 12, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Benjamin Cruz (“Cruz”) commenced this action to recover damages for a workplace injury. Cruz worked as a landscaper for defendant Victor Medina (“Medina”) (doing business as Medina’s Tree Service) and was seriously injured when his shirt caught in the cutting wheel of a Dosk...

  • EVELYN RIFFEL, ET AL. V. HUMANGOOD, ET AL.

    Jul 10, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This is an elder abuse action brought by plaintiffs David Carey and Nancy Bever (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) individually and on behalf of their mother, decedent Evelyn Riffel, against defendants Humangood and American Baptist Homes of the West (collectively, “Defendants”) who operate...

  • RATHI V. WARLICK, ET AL.

    Jul 10, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Mark Warlick (“Defendant”) moves to strike the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Gaurav Rathi (“Plaintiff”) pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16.

    This is a negligence action for damages for which the alleged basis for the damages is unclear. On April 18, 2017, Plain...

  • LEGACY GOLDEN STATE, LLC V. COCO’S RESTAURANT, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 10, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff Legacy Golden State, LLC (“Plaintiff”) moves for summary adjudication of issues in its favor and against defendant/cross-complainant Coco’s Restaurants, Inc. (“Coco’s”). Defendant/ cross-complainant Coco’s and cross-defendant Catalina Restaurant Group Inc. (“Catalina”) move for summary judgment a...

  • NGOC TRAM NGUYEN, ET AL. V. MARLENE C. NGUYEN, ET AL.

    Jul 03, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This lawsuit arises from a dispute over real property located in San Jose, California.

    In 2004, Ngoc Tram Nguyen and her husband Loc T. Nguyen (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) agreed to purchase real property along with Marlene C. Nguyen and Edmund P. Nguyen (collectively, “Defend...

  • CRISPIN CALLEROS CORTES, ET AL. V. LETICIA RAMONA SANDOVAL GONZALEZ, ET

    Jul 03, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    al.

    Currently before the Court is the demurrer by defendant Omnex Group, Inc. dba Giromex (“Omnex”) to the fourth amended complaint (“4AC”) of plaintiffs Crispin Calleros Cortes (“Cortes”), Floriberto Barraso Escamilla, Dolores Paula Garcia Sanchez, Norberta Guizar, Daniel Serrano Hernandez, Marie ...

  • PE REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT CO., LLC V. TOP GUN INDUSTRIAL FINISHING, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 28, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Top Gun Industrial Finishing, Inc. (“Top Gun”) and Michael B. Martinez (“Martinez”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) filed by plaintiff PE Real Estate Management Co., LLC (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an acti...

  • RAJ ABHYANKER, P.C. V. LAI

    Jun 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant LegalForce RAPC Worldwide (formerly Raj Abhyanker P.C.) (“LegalForce”) moves for summary judgment or adjudication in its favor and against defendant/cross-defendant Geneva Lai (“Lai”) on the causes of action contained in the Second Amended Cross-complaint.

    After full consi...

  • VILLAS AT SANTANA PARK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION V. FEDERAL REALTY

    Jun 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Investment Trust

    Currently before the Court is the special motion by defendant Federal Realty Investment Trust (“Defendant”) to strike the complaint of plaintiff Villas at Santana Park Homeowners Association (“Plaintiff”).

    Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an action for frau...

  • WINWIRE TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ET AL. V. ETEKSMART, LLC, ET AL.

    Jun 21, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This is a trade secrets lawsuit brought by plaintiffs Winwire Technologies, Inc. (“Winwire U.S.”) and Winwire Technologies India, Pvt. Ltd. (“Winwire India”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) against their former employees, defendants Braj Nayak (“Nayak”) and Vijay Kumar Kokkonda (“Kokkond...

  • FARMER’S INSURANCE EXCHANGE V. SEQUOIA INSURANCE COMPANY

    Jun 19, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court is the motion for summary judgment by defendant Sequoia Insurance Company (“Defendant”).

    Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an action for equitable contribution arising out of a dispute between insurers. Plaintiff Farmers Insurance Exchange (“Plaintiff”) in...

  • AMERICAN ANCHORPOINT ACADEMIES, INC., ET AL. V. LIOU, ET AL.

    Jun 14, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants/cross-complainants Bethany Liou (“Liou”), Oak Meadow Plaza, LLC (“Oak Meadow”) and Monterey Dynasty LLC (“Monterey Dynasty”) (collectively, “Defendants”) move for summary judgment/summary adjudication of issues in their favor and against plaintiffs/cross-defendants American Anchorpoint Academies...

  • DREW MOXON, ET AL. V. ALANA PAGUE, ET AL.

    Jun 14, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    Drew Moxon (“Moxon”) and his girlfriend Cynthia Than (“Than”) commenced this action against defendants Alana Pague (“Alana”), Moxon’s ex-girlfriend, Ana Pague (“Ana”), Alana’s mother, and several doe defendants identified by Twitter handle, including “Doe 1 aka @Desimarcello1.” (Compl...

  • DEL GOLFO FOODS, INC. V. IGUANAS BURRITOZILLA, CORP.

    Jun 12, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant Del Golfo Foods, Inc. (“Del Golfo”) demurs to the first amended cross-complaint (“FACC”) filed by defendant/cross-complainant Iguanas Burritozilla, Corp. dba Iguanas Restaurant (“Iguanas”) and moves to strike portions contained therein.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. James L. Stoelker

  • GOLDEN BAY MACHINING, INC. V. 801 BOGGS, LLC

    Oct 04, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    and 13

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Golden Bay Machining, Inc. (“GB Machining”) operated a machine shop at 1466 Seareel Place in San Jose, California (the “Property”), which it purportedly leased from defendant 801 Boggs, LLC (“Boggs”). GB Machining alleges it paid rent in December 2016 and Janu...

  • SAN JOSE NIHONMACHI, LLC V. MIRAIDO CORP., ET AL.

    Oct 04, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This action arises from a dispute over a real estate development project and the settlement of a previous lawsuit amongst the parties, namely plaintiff San Jose Nihonmachi, LLC (“Plaintiff”) and defendants Miraido Corporation, Yoshihiro Uchida, Japantown Development, L.P., AFE Urban, ...

  • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, EX REL., ET AL. V. SAN JOSE YANG, LLC, ET AL.

    Oct 04, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    & 4

    Defendants San Jose Yang, LLC (the “LLC”) and Shufei Yang (“Yang”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) filed by plaintiffs the City of San Jose (the “City”) and the People of the State of California, by and through the City Attorney for the City of San Jose...

  • BRIAN SILIN VS FORD MOTOR COMPANY

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Brian Silin vs. Ford Motor Company, et al.

    Plaintiff Brian Silin is the prevailing party, and is entitled to costs and reasonable attorney fees. Civil Code section 1794(d) of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (“the Act”) mandates an award of attorney fees to a prevailing buyer which includes c...

  • HOVER V. HANNON, ET AL.

    Jul 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Greenfield Draa & Harrington (the “Greenfield Firm”) and Brian Hannon (“Hannon”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the second amended complaint (“SAC”) filed by plaintiff Wade H. Hover, Trustee of the Wade H. Hover Family Trust (“Plaintiff” or “Hover”).

    I. Factual and Procedural Back...

  • WONDERWORKS, PTE, LTD VS HP ENTERPRISE SERVICES, LLC, ET AL

    Jul 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    The motion of Hewlett-Packard company, et al, is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. Defendant’s motion to compel Plaintiff Wonderworks PTE to identify all documents produced under AEO designation that have been disclosed to non-Qualified Persons is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall serve written disclosure of all ...

  • APTFRAME, INC., ET AL. V. JANE VAILLANCOURT, ET AL.

    Jul 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court is the motion by defendants Jane Vaillancourt (“Vaillancourt”) and NetApp, Inc. (“NetApp”) (collectively, “NetApp Defendants”) for summary adjudication of the fourth cause of action of the fifth amended complaint (“5AC”) of plaintiffs APTFrame, Inc. (“APTFrame”) and Vaughn Paladi...

  • SILVERMAN V. FAMILY MATTERS IN-HOME CARE, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 17, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Family Matters In-Home Care, LLC (“FMIHC”), Carol Pardue, Jacob Laffen, James Laffen and Marcus Laffen (collectively, “Defendants”) move to strike the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Kenneth Silverman (“Plaintiff”) in its entirety pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16. Al...

  • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA V. $1,395.18 OF U.S. CURRENCY

    Jul 17, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background and Procedural History

    This is an asset forfeiture proceeding, which is a civil, in rem proceeding to determine whether the government may retain title to property seized in connection with an arrest (Cuevas v. Super. Ct. (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 1312, 1320-21).

    This proceeding ...

  • ROBERT NINO, ET AL. V. PROMENADE, L.P., ET AL.

    Jul 12, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court are the demurrer and motion to strike by defendant Suerte Holdings, LLC (“Suerte”).

    Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an action for declaratory relief and interference with contractual relations. On December 2, 2010, a judgment was entered in favor of defe...

  • BENJAMIN CRUZ V. GREAT NORTHERN EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTING, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 12, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    Plaintiff Benjamin Cruz (“Cruz”) commenced this action to recover damages for a workplace injury. Cruz worked as a landscaper for defendant Victor Medina (“Medina”) (doing business as Medina’s Tree Service) and was seriously injured when his shirt caught in the cutting wheel of a Dosk...

  • EVELYN RIFFEL, ET AL. V. HUMANGOOD, ET AL.

    Jul 10, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This is an elder abuse action brought by plaintiffs David Carey and Nancy Bever (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) individually and on behalf of their mother, decedent Evelyn Riffel, against defendants Humangood and American Baptist Homes of the West (collectively, “Defendants”) who operate...

  • RATHI V. WARLICK, ET AL.

    Jul 10, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendant Mark Warlick (“Defendant”) moves to strike the complaint (“Complaint”) filed by plaintiff Gaurav Rathi (“Plaintiff”) pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16.

    This is a negligence action for damages for which the alleged basis for the damages is unclear. On April 18, 2017, Plain...

  • LEGACY GOLDEN STATE, LLC V. COCO’S RESTAURANT, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 10, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff Legacy Golden State, LLC (“Plaintiff”) moves for summary adjudication of issues in its favor and against defendant/cross-complainant Coco’s Restaurants, Inc. (“Coco’s”). Defendant/ cross-complainant Coco’s and cross-defendant Catalina Restaurant Group Inc. (“Catalina”) move for summary judgment a...

  • NGOC TRAM NGUYEN, ET AL. V. MARLENE C. NGUYEN, ET AL.

    Jul 03, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This lawsuit arises from a dispute over real property located in San Jose, California.

    In 2004, Ngoc Tram Nguyen and her husband Loc T. Nguyen (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) agreed to purchase real property along with Marlene C. Nguyen and Edmund P. Nguyen (collectively, “Defend...

  • CRISPIN CALLEROS CORTES, ET AL. V. LETICIA RAMONA SANDOVAL GONZALEZ, ET

    Jul 03, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    al.

    Currently before the Court is the demurrer by defendant Omnex Group, Inc. dba Giromex (“Omnex”) to the fourth amended complaint (“4AC”) of plaintiffs Crispin Calleros Cortes (“Cortes”), Floriberto Barraso Escamilla, Dolores Paula Garcia Sanchez, Norberta Guizar, Daniel Serrano Hernandez, Marie ...

  • PE REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT CO., LLC V. TOP GUN INDUSTRIAL FINISHING, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 28, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants Top Gun Industrial Finishing, Inc. (“Top Gun”) and Michael B. Martinez (“Martinez”) (collectively, “Defendants”) demur to the Second Amended Complaint (“SAC”) filed by plaintiff PE Real Estate Management Co., LLC (“Plaintiff”).

    I. Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an acti...

  • RAJ ABHYANKER, P.C. V. LAI

    Jun 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant LegalForce RAPC Worldwide (formerly Raj Abhyanker P.C.) (“LegalForce”) moves for summary judgment or adjudication in its favor and against defendant/cross-defendant Geneva Lai (“Lai”) on the causes of action contained in the Second Amended Cross-complaint.

    After full consi...

  • VILLAS AT SANTANA PARK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION V. FEDERAL REALTY

    Jun 26, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Investment Trust

    Currently before the Court is the special motion by defendant Federal Realty Investment Trust (“Defendant”) to strike the complaint of plaintiff Villas at Santana Park Homeowners Association (“Plaintiff”).

    Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an action for frau...

  • WINWIRE TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ET AL. V. ETEKSMART, LLC, ET AL.

    Jun 21, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    This is a trade secrets lawsuit brought by plaintiffs Winwire Technologies, Inc. (“Winwire U.S.”) and Winwire Technologies India, Pvt. Ltd. (“Winwire India”) (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) against their former employees, defendants Braj Nayak (“Nayak”) and Vijay Kumar Kokkonda (“Kokkond...

  • FARMER’S INSURANCE EXCHANGE V. SEQUOIA INSURANCE COMPANY

    Jun 19, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Currently before the Court is the motion for summary judgment by defendant Sequoia Insurance Company (“Defendant”).

    Factual and Procedural Background

    This is an action for equitable contribution arising out of a dispute between insurers. Plaintiff Farmers Insurance Exchange (“Plaintiff”) in...

  • AMERICAN ANCHORPOINT ACADEMIES, INC., ET AL. V. LIOU, ET AL.

    Jun 14, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Defendants/cross-complainants Bethany Liou (“Liou”), Oak Meadow Plaza, LLC (“Oak Meadow”) and Monterey Dynasty LLC (“Monterey Dynasty”) (collectively, “Defendants”) move for summary judgment/summary adjudication of issues in their favor and against plaintiffs/cross-defendants American Anchorpoint Academies...

  • DREW MOXON, ET AL. V. ALANA PAGUE, ET AL.

    Jun 14, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    I. Background

    Drew Moxon (“Moxon”) and his girlfriend Cynthia Than (“Than”) commenced this action against defendants Alana Pague (“Alana”), Moxon’s ex-girlfriend, Ana Pague (“Ana”), Alana’s mother, and several doe defendants identified by Twitter handle, including “Doe 1 aka @Desimarcello1.” (Compl...

  • DEL GOLFO FOODS, INC. V. IGUANAS BURRITOZILLA, CORP.

    Jun 12, 2018 |  Santa Clara County

    Plaintiff/cross-defendant Del Golfo Foods, Inc. (“Del Golfo”) demurs to the first amended cross-complaint (“FACC”) filed by defendant/cross-complainant Iguanas Burritozilla, Corp. dba Iguanas Restaurant (“Iguanas”) and moves to strike portions contained therein.

    I. Factual and Procedural Background...

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