The Honorable James T. Chou

Marin County Superior Court, Department Courtroom B

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Biography

The Hon. James T. Chou is a judge for the Marin County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. John A. Sutro (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Chou received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

Chou began his legal career in private practice where he served as an associate at the law firm of Littler, Mendelson, Fastiff, and Tichy from 1989 to 1991.

He then left the private sector to become an assistant district attorney with the San Francisco County District Attorney's Office from 1991 to 1999. Chou left the D.A.'s office to join the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington as an assistant U.S. Attorney. Three years later, he then went to work for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, where he served in the same capacity. He remained there until his appointment to the Superior Court eight years later.

Recent Rulings by Hon. James T. Chou

  • BANK OF HOPE VS. KL HYUNG 0H, ET AL

    Jan 15, 2020 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION 4 FOR TERMINATING SANCTIONS [DEFT] KI HYUNG 0H [DEFT] JAI HEE OH RULING Ki Hyung Oh’s unopposed motion for terminating sanctions is granted. Oh moves for an order: (1) striking the Tea Sun Yoon’s cross complaint and prohibiting Yoon from refiling his cross complaint; (2) striki...

  • EVAN CROSS VS. IAN L. WAYNE, ET AL

    Jan 10, 2020 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE [PLTF] EVAN CROSS RULING All parties are ordered to appear on January 10, 2020 at 1:30 pm. in Department B. Parties must comply with Marin County Superior Court Local Rules, Rule 1.10(B) to contest the tentative decision. In the event that no party requests oral...

  • CAVALRY SPV I, LLC VS. ANNE J. WEST

    Jan 8, 2020 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: CLAIM OF EXEMPTION 7 WAGE GARNISHMENT [PLTF] CAVALRY SPV I, LLC RULlNG Defendant West submitted a claim of exemption to wage garnishment pursuant to a money judgment entered against her by plaintiffs Calvary SPV I, LLC. On December 6, 2019, Plaintiffs filed an opposition to defendant’...

  • DARREN THIENES VS: LOANCARE, LLC

    Jan 8, 2020 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO COMPEL 7 COMPLIANCE WITH ORDER FOR RELIEF DURING MILITARY SERVICE [PETR] DARREN THIENES RULING The motion to compel compliance with the order for relief during military service pursuant to Military and Veterans Code section 409.3, signed on October 15, 2018 (the “Deferment ...

  • BANK OF HOPE VS. KI HYUNG OH, ET AL

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION — FOR TERMINATING SANCTIONS [DEFT] KI HYUNG OH [DEFT] JAI HEE OH RULING The panies are ordered to appear on December 20, 2019 at 9:00 am. in Department B on Ki Hyung Oh’s motion for terminating sanctions against Tea Sun Yoon, Parties must comply with Marin County Superior Cour...

  • VOLPE COMPANY, INC, VS. SAUSAL CORPORATION

    Dec 19, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION FOR ATTORNEY FEES — AND LITIGATION EXPENSES [PLTF] VOLPE COMPANY, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION RULING Volpe Company, Inc.'s (“Volpe”) Motion for Attorneys’ Fees is GRANTED in the amount of $459,012,14, Sausal Corporation's ("Sausal") argument that Volpe is only entitled to fe...

  • BANK OF HOPE VS. KI HYUNG OH, ET AL

    Dec 18, 2019 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO COMPEL — DISCOVERY AND FOR SANCTIONS [DEFT] KI HYUNG OH [DEFT] TEA SUN YOON RULING Ki Hyung Oh’s unopposed motion to deem admitted Oh’s second set of Requests For Admissions is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc. § 2033,280(b).) Ki Hyung Oh’s unopposed motion for sanctions in the amo...

  • TD BANK USA, N.A. VS. Y. RODRIGUEZ AVILES

    Dec 18, 2019 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: CLAIM OF EXEMPTION — WAGE GARNISHMENT [PLTF] TD BANK, USA, N.A. RULING This court continued the hearing on third-party claimant Jamie Rodriguez’s claim of exemption, to allow him to provide supplemental proof of his claim that plaintiff judgment creditor improperly levied on his Well...

  • JASON ARAGHI, ET AL AND JUNGSTEN CONSTRUCTION, ET AL

    Dec 18, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION — FOR LEAVE TO FILE FIRST AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT [CRCO] CALETTI JUNGSTEN, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION [CRCO] JUNGSTEN CONSTRUCTION RULTNG The unopposed motion for leave to file a first amended cross-complaint by cross -complainant Jungsten Construction is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc....

  • DAVY PEARCE AND ALICE K. JONES, ET AL

    Dec 18, 2019 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO COMPEL — AND REQUEST FOR SANCTIONS; REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE [DEFT] ALICE K. JONES RULING The motion to compel further responses to discovery is granted in part and denied in part. Form Interrogatories Following Plaintiffs service of supplemental responses, the court find...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. James T. Chou

  • BANK OF HOPE VS. KL HYUNG 0H, ET AL

    Jan 15, 2020 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION 4 FOR TERMINATING SANCTIONS [DEFT] KI HYUNG 0H [DEFT] JAI HEE OH RULING Ki Hyung Oh’s unopposed motion for terminating sanctions is granted. Oh moves for an order: (1) striking the Tea Sun Yoon’s cross complaint and prohibiting Yoon from refiling his cross complaint; (2) striki...

  • EVAN CROSS VS. IAN L. WAYNE, ET AL

    Jan 10, 2020 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE [PLTF] EVAN CROSS RULING All parties are ordered to appear on January 10, 2020 at 1:30 pm. in Department B. Parties must comply with Marin County Superior Court Local Rules, Rule 1.10(B) to contest the tentative decision. In the event that no party requests oral...

  • CAVALRY SPV I, LLC VS. ANNE J. WEST

    Jan 8, 2020 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: CLAIM OF EXEMPTION 7 WAGE GARNISHMENT [PLTF] CAVALRY SPV I, LLC RULlNG Defendant West submitted a claim of exemption to wage garnishment pursuant to a money judgment entered against her by plaintiffs Calvary SPV I, LLC. On December 6, 2019, Plaintiffs filed an opposition to defendant’...

  • DARREN THIENES VS: LOANCARE, LLC

    Jan 8, 2020 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO COMPEL 7 COMPLIANCE WITH ORDER FOR RELIEF DURING MILITARY SERVICE [PETR] DARREN THIENES RULING The motion to compel compliance with the order for relief during military service pursuant to Military and Veterans Code section 409.3, signed on October 15, 2018 (the “Deferment ...

  • BANK OF HOPE VS. KI HYUNG OH, ET AL

    Dec 20, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION — FOR TERMINATING SANCTIONS [DEFT] KI HYUNG OH [DEFT] JAI HEE OH RULING The panies are ordered to appear on December 20, 2019 at 9:00 am. in Department B on Ki Hyung Oh’s motion for terminating sanctions against Tea Sun Yoon, Parties must comply with Marin County Superior Cour...

  • VOLPE COMPANY, INC, VS. SAUSAL CORPORATION

    Dec 19, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION FOR ATTORNEY FEES — AND LITIGATION EXPENSES [PLTF] VOLPE COMPANY, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION RULING Volpe Company, Inc.'s (“Volpe”) Motion for Attorneys’ Fees is GRANTED in the amount of $459,012,14, Sausal Corporation's ("Sausal") argument that Volpe is only entitled to fe...

  • BANK OF HOPE VS. KI HYUNG OH, ET AL

    Dec 18, 2019 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO COMPEL — DISCOVERY AND FOR SANCTIONS [DEFT] KI HYUNG OH [DEFT] TEA SUN YOON RULING Ki Hyung Oh’s unopposed motion to deem admitted Oh’s second set of Requests For Admissions is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc. § 2033,280(b).) Ki Hyung Oh’s unopposed motion for sanctions in the amo...

  • TD BANK USA, N.A. VS. Y. RODRIGUEZ AVILES

    Dec 18, 2019 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: CLAIM OF EXEMPTION — WAGE GARNISHMENT [PLTF] TD BANK, USA, N.A. RULING This court continued the hearing on third-party claimant Jamie Rodriguez’s claim of exemption, to allow him to provide supplemental proof of his claim that plaintiff judgment creditor improperly levied on his Well...

  • JASON ARAGHI, ET AL AND JUNGSTEN CONSTRUCTION, ET AL

    Dec 18, 2019 |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION — FOR LEAVE TO FILE FIRST AMENDED CROSS-COMPLAINT [CRCO] CALETTI JUNGSTEN, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION [CRCO] JUNGSTEN CONSTRUCTION RULTNG The unopposed motion for leave to file a first amended cross-complaint by cross -complainant Jungsten Construction is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc....

  • DAVY PEARCE AND ALICE K. JONES, ET AL

    Dec 18, 2019 |  Judge James T. Chou |  Marin County, CA

    NATURE OF PROCEEDINGS: MOTION TO COMPEL — AND REQUEST FOR SANCTIONS; REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE [DEFT] ALICE K. JONES RULING The motion to compel further responses to discovery is granted in part and denied in part. Form Interrogatories Following Plaintiffs service of supplemental responses, the court find...

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